Millions of people suffer from periodontal disease. Dr. Joel F. Levy treats patients in Larchmont, NY, suffering from periodontal disease at Laser Assisted – Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry.
What is periodontal disease?
When bacteria isn't cleaned off, plaque and tartar form. When you don't maintain a healthy dental regimen and don't visit your dentist for regular checkups and biannual dental cleanings, these substances stick on teeth and gums, eventually causing gum complication.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease when gums are susceptible to irritation and bleeding. There may be some discomfort and if left untreated, the disease will spread, gums will recede, pull away from the tooth, and bacteria-filled pockets will develop. Tooth-structure exposure gives ways to the root system, making it easy for bacteria to spread to other parts of the oral cavity. This may lead to a more advanced stage of gum disease that damages bone and causes tooth loss.
What are symptoms of gum disease?
- red and swollen or bleeding gums
- bad breath
- loose teeth
- pain while chewing
- sensitive teeth or teeth that appear longer
What puts you at risk for periodontal disease?
There are a number of people that are at risk for periodontal disease, and there are factors that can increase risk, such as:
- hormonal changes
- certain medications
- constricted blood flow
How does Dr. Levy treat it?
Your Larchmont dentist first conducts an oral examination to pinpoint the source of the problem. The dentist will first do a complete deep cleaning of the gums by removing plaque and tartar from teeth and gums. Once the bacteria and plaque have been removed, gums can heal naturally.
If surgery is required, it is because gums receded significantly. Gums need to be secured back around the tooth and roots. If bone loss has occurred, bone grafting may be necessary to restore and strengthen teeth.
If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your teeth and gums, don't hesitate to call Dr. Levy, located in Larchmont, NY, at (914) 834-9534 to schedule an appointment.