Periodontal Treatment Overview
At PDADental, we seek to help our patients enjoy all aspects of oral wellness, including periodontal health. Periodontal (gum) disease is a very common but destructive oral condition that impacts the smiles of many New York City patients. The disease process is the result of harmful bacteria residing within the plaque that is always forming in the mouth. When plaque and bacteria combine with food debris in the saliva, a substance known as biofilm forms and coats the teeth and gums. While many individuals are great at brushing and flossing each day, home care may not sufficiently break down the biofilm, which stays in contact with the teeth and gums. The plaque left behind often calcified into a substance known as tartar that can only be removed with professional care. Disease-causing bacteria then thrive within these plaque and tartar deposits, infecting the gum tissue and emitting a harmful toxin that signals the body to begin breaking down the bone surrounding the teeth.
Gum disease is progressive and is the main cause of tooth loss among patients. If you have bleeding when you brush or floss, bad breath, swollen gums, or other classic symptoms of a gum infection, we encourage you to schedule a visit with our board-certified periodontist today. When treated with proper care in a timely manner, you can often minimize gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss that may be threatening your smile and health. Get in touch with PDADental in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, NY to learn more.
Periodontal Treatment Reviews
"After speaking with two other providers, I went with Dr. Even-Hen to do a gum graft that I had been putting off for years. He did an outstanding job, and one month later, I’m healing well. Unlike some periodontists and dentists, he doesn’t pressure you to undergo various procedures of questionable value, preferring instead to focus on getting results for the procedure(s) that you actually need. I’ll definitely be going back to him for any other necessary periodontal treatments."- S.M. / Google / Aug 03, 2019
Best Candidates for Periodontal Treatment
When you visit PDADental for your periodontal disease screening, our team will evaluate the health of your gums. If the infection is present, our periodontist will determine whether your condition falls within the stage of gingivitis or if it has progressed to periodontitis or advanced periodontitis. Treatment recommendations will be based on the disease stage and your dental history. It is important to understand that pain is often not a symptom of gum disease until the advanced stage. While bleeding and swelling of the gums are common occurrences, these symptoms are never normal and should be evaluated promptly by a dental professional. We urge you to contact PDADental today to schedule a visit with our periodontal specialist.
Gum disease may be affecting your health if you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Puffy or red gum tissues
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Gum tenderness or inflammation
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Gum recession (longer-looking teeth)
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Teeth that are loose or shift
- Loss of bone in the jaw
What To Expect with Periodontal Treatment
During your periodontal evaluation, our team will take diagnostic digital images of your teeth and jaw to determine if bone loss has occurred. The spaces between your teeth and gums (periodontal pockets) where bacteria hide and cause tissue destruction will also be measured to screen for the presence of gum disease. Our periodontist will then review your x-rays and periodontal pocket readings to evaluate your gum and bone condition. If gum disease is present at any stage, we will personalize a treatment plan designed to target your specific needs and restore your gum health. PDADental offers periodontal treatment options to address gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. We use the latest in technologies and techniques to treat gum disease, including nonsurgical scaling and root planing. Laser gum therapy or a surgical approach may be recommended to address advanced cases of gum disease. Our periodontist is among the few laser-certified periodontal specialists in Manhattan, NY.
Periodontal Treatment Recovery
One of the most important aspects of regaining your periodontal health is practicing good oral hygiene each day with proper brushing and flossing habits. When you visit PDADental for your care, we will offer helpful tips on how you can best manage your gum health on a daily basis. Smoking cessation, good nutrition, and other healthy habits that support gum health may also be recommended to enhance your treatment results and general wellness by our periodontist and team.
Follow-up recommendations and recovery after gum disease treatment will be based on the type of care you received and whether it involved a surgical or nonsurgical procedure. When gum disease has impacted your oral wellness, general dental cleanings every six months are no longer enough to maintain your gum and bone health. Our periodontist and team may place you on a periodontal maintenance program to help manage your gum condition and keep the disease from progressing. Periodontal maintenance visits are typically scheduled every 3 – 4 months and allow our team to provide thorough cleanings (prophylaxis) and exams, and x-rays as needed, allowing us to closely monitor your gum health. These visits will take the place of your routine biannual dental cleanings.
Periodontal Treatment Insurance Coverage
Many PPO dental insurance plans cover a portion of periodontal disease care. To learn about your individual coverage, our administrative staff will reach out to your provider and generate an estimate of insurance coverage and any out-of-pocket costs. PDADental strives to make high-quality, personalized patient care as convenient and affordable as possible to help patients manage any uncovered amount. We offer several payment choices and partner with CareCredit® to bring low-interest financing solutions to New York City families.
While the effects of gum disease are best minimized with early detection, our talented periodontal specialist is skilled in providing effective care for all stages of the condition. Without timely and proper treatment of gum disease, the risks to your oral health, smile, and general well-being only increase. Please schedule a visit with PDADental in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, NY today if you have bleeding gums, inflammation, or any other indications of periodontal disease and learn about your treatment options.