Gum Disease Treatment – Plainview, NY

Stop Gum Disease in Its Tracks

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Gum disease is a true menace; this bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in the entire world, and it can even make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke! But through comprehensive gum disease treatment, our team can find, diagnose, and address this disease before it ever has a chance to harm your smile. If you’re experiencing red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed often, be sure to contact us today to get the treatment you need!

Why Choose Meadowbrook Dentistry for Periodontal Therapy?

  • Chao Pinhole Technique Provided In-House
  • Advanced Soft Tissue Laser Utilized
  • Various Sedation Dentistry Options Available

What is Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is a common oral health condition that affects roughly half of all US adults over the age of 30, per the CDC. Also referred to as periodontal disease, it’s the result of a bacterial infection within the mouth that attacks gum and bone tissue alike. During its earliest stage, referred to as gingivitis, the gums become inflamed and swollen; however, it can often be reversed at this point through excellent oral hygiene. Once it progresses to periodontitis, an advanced form, it can only be managed, not cured. Chronically poor oral hygiene is perhaps the biggest factor associated with gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

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During any routine checkup, our team can inspect your mouth for symptoms of gum disease. Remember, these warning signs aren’t always obvious at first and you might not notice them at home on your own. That said, here are a few things that we’ll be on the lookout for:

  • Swollen or reddish gums
  • Bleeding gums, mostly when brushing or flossing
  • Teeth that look particularly long (which is often a side effect of gum recession)
  • A change in how your teeth fit together
  • Permanent teeth that have loosened

How Do We Treat Gum Disease?

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How we treat gum disease depends on how severe your current condition is. Once you’ve come in for your appointment and our team has had the chance to inspect your situation, we can begin walking you through your options and explaining which treatment route may be best for your smile. That said, we’re excited to offer a wide range of options that can address and help manage gum disease at virtually any stage.

Scaling & Root Planing

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Scaling and root planing are considered the gold standard of periodontal therapy because they allow our team to treat the infection right at its source. First, an ultrasonic cleaner will be used to break up and remove any plaque and tartar that has built up around your gums (scaling), and then we’ll gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots (root planing). This will make plaque less likely to accumulate on them in the future, lowering your chances of redeveloping gum disease.

Antibiotic Therapy

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After your initial periodontal therapy cleanings, our team may decide to apply a topical antibiotic to your gums in order to further fight the infection. After being placed on your gums, the antibiotic will harden into a wax-like substance and slowly dissolve over the next few days. This will allow the medicine to reach and eliminate even the most deeply hidden bacteria. We may also prescribe an oral antibiotic if necessary.

Laser Periodontal Treatment

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Harmful bacteria located along the gum line can literally be vaporized in an instant with our soft tissue laser. Its highly-focused beam of light can be used to precisely attack gum disease, and it can even remove infected tissue while reducing both bleeding and swelling. It’s so accurate that it can leave the surrounding healthy tissue completely untouched, ensuring a quick and easy recovery afterward.

Chao Pinhole Technique

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Gum recession, where the tissue pulls away from the teeth and exposes the sensitive roots, is actually one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. In the past, the only way to address this issue was with an invasive gum graft, but at Meadowbrook Dentistry, we don’t live in the past. Using the Chao Pinhole Technique, all it will take to restore your gum line is a tiny hole that is literally the size of a pin. Using special tools, your doctor will be able to gently stretch and massage your gum line back to its original position, saving you from the incisions and sutures typically needed to accomplish this.