When it comes to having a healthy smile, your gums are just as important as your teeth, which is why Karanjit Kamboj, DDS, at Beech Avenue Dental in Flushing, New York, provides his patients with exceptional periodontics services. By monitoring the health of your gums and treating any signs of periodontal disease, the team ensures that every component of your oral health is optimized. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the offices or booking online.
Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the health of your gums. Periodontists like those at Beech Avenue Dental primarily treat gum disease, but they also specialize in dental implants and oral inflammation.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of your gums. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar, which contain bacteria and acids that aggravate your gum tissue.
Periodontal disease occurs in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
In gingivitis, your gums are irritated and inflamed from the bacteria in the plaque and tartar on your teeth. Your gums might bleed when you brush your teeth, but no permanent damage has been done yet, and the condition is entirely reversible with minimally invasive treatments and better at-home care. If left untreated, though, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis.
In periodontitis, your gums have become so irritated from the plaque and tartar that they begin to recede and pull away from your teeth. This causes “pockets” to form between your teeth and gums.
These pockets are susceptible to collecting debris and more irritating bacteria, which causes your gums to further recede, making even larger pockets. This cycle continues until the structures and tissues holding your teeth in place break down entirely.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults.
Some of the symptoms of periodontal disease include:
Periodontal disease is known as a “silent killer,” however, and many people aren’t even aware of their symptoms until the disease has already progressed into its advanced stages.
Because of this, it’s incredibly important to maintain regular visits with your dentist at Beech Avenue Dental. They’re trained to spot signs of gum disease early on, and can treat it early to prevent it from developing.
If your gum disease is still in the early stages, it can sometimes be treated with professional cleanings and improved at-home care.
If your gum disease is more advanced, your dentist at Beech Avenue Dental might recommend scaling and root planing, which is a nonsurgical procedure that removes the plaque and tartar from above and below your gumline (scaling) and smooths out rough spots on the surface of your teeth to give your gums a clean and smooth surface to reattach.
More advanced gum disease sometimes requires surgical treatment, like flap surgery, pocket reduction surgery, or bone and/or soft tissue grafts.
To learn more about how Beech Avenue Dental can keep your gums in good shape, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking a visit online.