Periodontal care is one of our most important jobs. Millions of Americans suffer from periodontal disease, according to recent data and with that comes the risk of tooth loss. At Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we provide several treatment options for this serious disease, and it’s never too late to save your natural teeth.
What is Periodontal Disease?
The soft tissue in your gums supports the teeth in your mouth. Bacteria produce plaque – that yellowish residue that sticks to your teeth – which continues to grow unless it’s removed with special scrapers by our dental hygienist.
Periodontal disease or periodontitis is a severe inflammation of the gums, which destroys the bones that support your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Even though millions of Americans suffer from periodontal disease, it is entirely preventable with proper oral care at home and regular dental checkups. By taking simple steps and changing your habits, you can easily keep this common, but dangerous condition away.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
If you haven’t been to see us in many months or years and you have plaque buildup you could have periodontal disease. Some signs can confirm your suspicions, and you should call us right away if you notice any of the following:
Periodontal disease can become so serious that the gum tissue begins to die because of lack of blood supply which causes serious infection. This type of periodontitis usually affects people with compromised immune systems such as HIV and cancer treatment.
The good news is that periodontal disease can be treated and even reversed in some patients.
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Treatment for Periodontal Disease
There are non-surgical and surgical treatment options for periodontal disease. Non-surgical periodontal care can include antibiotics such as prescription mouthwash to control the infection in your gums, root planing to smooth the root’s surface, and scaling to remove tartar and plaque from under the gumline.
Surgical treatments for periodontal care can include pocket reduction surgery in which we make very small incisions to the gums and lift them away to expose the roots, soft tissue grafts to treat receding gums, bone grafting to protect from tooth loss when periodontitis has destroyed the bone, and tissue regeneration which allows the regrowth of the bone.
There are some easy measures you can take to prevent periodontal disease and the need for additional treatment including:
Following all these measures and not skipping your dental appointments can significantly reduce the likelihood of needing periodontal care. Because gum disease is one of the most common dental conditions in the U.S., we encourage you to call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today to make an appointment for a dental exam and x-rays. If you need periodontal care, we will schedule you for a visit as soon as possible.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.