Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a condition that can impact the health of both the teeth and gums. Gum disease begins as gum inflammation or gingivitis. Gingivitis causes irritated, red, and bleeding gums. Gum inflammation can quickly become periodontitis, which leads to deep gum pockets, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss.
Fortunately, Dr. Haim Fedida offers periodontal treatments to patients with this oral disease in East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, NY. He provides restorative dental care to his patients so they can comfortably bite, chew, and speak without issues.
The Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious condition that can cause pain, discomfort, and even tooth loss. It is important to be aware of the signs of gum disease so that you can take action to prevent it from progressing. These following symptoms are tell-tale signs of periodontitis:
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Red, swollen, or puffy gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
- Bad breath
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to visit our dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation and treatment plan. Understanding the signs and symptoms of gum disease can make it easier for our dentists to provide the correct treatment. If you have any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment to visit our dental office. We will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and recommend only the best care for your specific case.
The Different Types of Gum Disease Treatments
There are a variety of treatments available at the dentist that can help reduce symptoms and restore your oral health. Dental care treatments for gum disease range from non-surgical methods, such as a deep cleaning, to more invasive procedures like oral surgery. Dr. Fedida provides an array of gum disease treatments, including scaling and root planing, laser dentistry, osseous surgery, and soft tissue grafting.
- Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning treatments that our dentist uses in tandem to remove gum disease. Scaling removes plaque and bacteria around the gums and root planing helps smooth the tooth roots. After treatment, Dr. Fedida applies Arestin, an antibiotic, to the gums.
- Laser Dentistry: Dental lasers can treat moderate to severe cases of gum disease. LANAP® stimulates the natural regeneration of healthy gum tissue after your laser treatments. This service provides permanent results that may not require follow-up treatments for most patients.
- Osseous Surgery: Osseous surgery is a type of dental procedure that involves removing diseased or damaged bone tissue from the jawbone. It can also correct misaligned teeth, repair damage due to trauma, and restore lost bone due to gum disease. The goal of osseous surgery is to help restore healthy jawbone structure and function so that patients can enjoy a healthy smile.
- Soft Tissue Grafting: Soft tissue grafting is a procedure where the dentist takes healthy tissue from other areas and grafts it on your gums. The dentist does this only after removing the infected gum tissue from your mouth. He will repair the gums and cover any exposed tooth roots using the gum grafting procedure.
Periodontal Disease Treatment Aftercare
Aftercare plays an important role in preventing a relapse of periodontal disease and promoting oral health. Following the advice of your dentist or periodontist can help improve long-term outcomes, and ensure that the disease does not return.
To maintain good oral hygiene habits after treatment, be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day. You may also need to use an antibacterial mouthwash. Avoid sugary foods, such as candy, and other foods that cause cavities while your gums are healing. Also avoid smoking and chewing tobacco. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your day following treatment. To ensure that the healing process progresses well, take calcium and vitamin D supplements and eat a healthy diet including high-fiber foods like vegetables and fruit.
If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact our dentist or periodontist for specific care instructions regarding your case.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Do you have red, swollen, or gums that constantly bleed? Contact Fedida Family Dentistry and Dental Spa by calling 929-552-6315 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Fedida on our website. Let us ease your anxiety and get your gums back to their healthy state.