Periodontics involves the treatment of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. At Brooklyn Smile, our staff is trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent gum disease.
Periodontal disease is the advanced stage of gum disease. The condition starts with gingivitis, caused by a plaque buildup at the gum line. Left unremoved, plaque will eventually harden into calculus or tartar. As it continues to accumulate, the substance will become impossible to remove with brushing and flossing.
Once your gums get infected, they will become swollen and irritated. This is gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. At this point, the condition is treatable and reversible. But if the problem is ignored, it can develop into periodontitis, which is irreversible. Over time the periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, diabetes, and heart disease.
It can be difficult to detect periodontal disease. The signs are often hard to see because of the infection develops beneath the gum line. So watch out for the following signs:
At Brooklyn Smile, our goal is to prevent gum disease in our patients. Periodontal disease is very common. In fact, most adults will suffer from some form of this oral health condition during their lifetime. Since untreated gum disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, and other health concerns, it is important to both prevent and treat it.
The good news is, gum disease is avoidable and treatable. It all starts with good oral hygiene habits and preventive dental care. If a Brooklyn Smile dentist detects signs of gum disease in your mouth, the next step will be to remove any infection. For this purpose, all plaque, bacteria, and debris will be cleared away from beneath the gums. This will help prevent any regrowth. If you have an advanced stage of gum disease, we provide several types of periodontal treatment at Brooklyn Smile, including:
During your periodontal exam, your Brooklyn Smile dentist will explain each treatment option with you.