Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis Prevention & Treatment in Park Slope, Brooklyn - Gum Disease & Gingivitis Therapy

At Park Slope Family Dentistry in Brooklyn, we know that achieving a healthy smile is not possible without healthy gums. With periodontal disease, soft tissue and bone that support teeth are susceptible to damage, resulting in serious complications. At our Park Slope dental practice, we provide comprehensive gum disease evaluation and treatments to ensure your gums are as healthy as possible.

Stages of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease begins from the buildup of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. There are three main stages in which the disease progresses:

Gingivitis, the first stage, is categorized by bad breath, swollen gums, as well as pain and bleeding when brushing and flossing teeth. Gingivitis can also effect teenagers and young adults, especially those receiving orthodontic treatment. Patients with deep periodontal pockets, which are created by bacteria and plaque buildup, are at the next stage of gum disease: periodontitis. These pockets can cause gums to pull away from teeth, creating tissue recession. If patients do not receive treatments to combat these issues, advanced periodontitis develops to the point where bacteria within the pockets damage connective tissues and bone that support teeth, causing eventual tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Gum disease is a common dental issue that can be easily treated with proactive care as well as frequent dental check-ups. At Park Slope Family Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of an optimal oral health regimen and visiting our dentists twice a year. Our goal is to ensure your smile is healthy year-round, without the need for extensive treatment. However, if gum disease is present, or has progressed, we offer a variety of treatment methods that combat each stage of the disease, including:

Root Scaling and Planing
Also known as deep cleaning, this gum disease treatment helps remove the accumulation of debris and bacteria below the gum line and around the roots of the teeth. Without this treatment, soft tissue continues to become inflamed and irritated, resulting in progression of periodontitis.

Periodontal disease treatment can also call for more frequent cleanings with our Park Slope dentists, at intervals of three to six months, depending on the severity of the disease. Our goal is to minimize the progression of gum disease so that your gums are healthy. 

Advanced Periodontal Therapy
When periodontal disease progresses to the point of necessary tooth extraction, we can provide implants, bridges, dentures and partials to our patients who are affected by advanced periodontitis and want to restore the function and look of their smiles. If the gums don’t properly heal around the tooth after scaling and root planing, you may be a candidate for pocket reduction or flap surgery. Contact our Brooklyn dentists about further periodontal disease treatments.

Contact Us Today to Learn More

For more information about periodontal disease and the treatments we provide, contact Park Slope Family Dentistry in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope today to schedule an appointment. Our family friendly dental practice provides dental treatments for all families.

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