Many people have periodontal disease and don’t even realize it. It's because periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is typically painless. However, without the right attention, this disease can ultimately leave you losing your teeth. Marc Benhuri, DMD, at the Benhuri Center for Laser, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in New York City, helps diagnose and treat his patients suffering from gum disease. Call the office today or request an appointment online.
Periodontics is a type of dental care that focuses on the inflammatory disease that can destroy your gums, as well as other supporting structures around your teeth. This branch of dentistry helps to prevent, diagnose, and treat different stages of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth become infected. This infection can destroy your supporting tissue and bone, resulting in “pockets” around your teeth. As time goes on, these pockets grow deeper, creating a larger space for harmful bacteria to live within your gums. If not treated correctly, this disease can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease presents itself in three different stages, varying in severity: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
Gingivitis, the first and most common stage of periodontal disease, is reversible. However, if your gum disease progresses to advanced periodontitis, your teeth can shift and loosen as a result of severe bone and tissue loss. At this point, tooth extraction is often necessary to prevent further infection.
Because gum disease is typically painless, some patients are victim to the disease without realizing it. The following symptoms are signs that you might have gum disease:
The most effective treatment for periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. This nonsurgical technique allows Dr. Benhuri to carefully clean between your gums and teeth, right down to your root. By doing this deep clean, he can remove plaque and tartar buildup within your gums, ultimately stunting the growth of harmful bacterial toxins.
Dr. Benhuri sometimes follows scaling and root planing with curettage. This additional gum therapy technique helps to further fight off inflammation and infection within your gums. Curettage involves Dr. Benhuri gently scraping the space between your tooth and the gums to separate diseased soft tissue.
The objective of curettage is to remove chronically inflamed tissue, dislodged plaque, and tartar, as well as any remaining bacterial colonies. By eliminating these elements, your gums are more likely to heal quicker. However, the curettage technique can’t entirely remove the periodontal infection on its own, which is why Dr. Benhuri always performs scaling and root planning first.
If you think you might be suffering from periodontal disease, call Dr. Benhuri today or request an appointment online.