Gum Disease Treatment - Westhampton, NY
Helping Patients Overcome Gum Disease
Gum disease is a more common problem than you might think. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 50% of the US adult population has at least a mild form of it. Symptoms can include everything from redness, swelling, and oral bleeding to loose teeth and even tooth loss. Needless to say, we take gum health very seriously here at Beach Dental, and for patients in need, we can provide the specialty care they deserve right here in Westhampton.
Why Choose Beach Dental for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Gum screenings performed at every appointment
- Expert hygiene team provides deep cleanings
- In house gum surgery with our talented Doctors
DNA testing can prove very useful when trying to pinpoint the exact cause of gum disease development in a specific patient. After gathering a saliva sample, the material will be analyzed in order to determine the types of bacteria present, their overall levels, and treatment recommendations that would be most successful. We can even monitor the bacteria levels further following certain services in order to gauge their overall potency! By taking this precise approach to gum disease treatment, we can help our patients enjoy not only happier smiles but healthier lives as well.
Scaling & Root Planing
When gum disease is detected early, scaling and root planing treatments are normally all that is needed to get the infection under control. Our team simply uses a small tool to remove any plaque and bacteria that have built up along the gum line (scaling), and then we slightly reshape the roots of the teeth (root planing). Why do this? It prevents plaque from accumulating around the gums in the future, cutting down on the risk of reinfection.
Gum disease bacteria tend to gather and multiply in the extremely small spaces located between the gums and teeth, and these areas can be almost impossible to clean with regular instruments. Fortunately, we can apply a topical antibiotic to the gums that’s able to reach and kill even the most well-hidden bacteria. After it’s placed on the gums, the antibiotic will initially dry, and then it will slowly dissolve over the next few days, enabling a powerful antimicrobial agent to clean every tiny part of the gum line.
Soft Tissue Laser
Our soft tissue laser enables us to quickly eliminate harmful bacteria from the gum line and even remove infected tissue while causing little to no discomfort. The laser’s beam of light works very quickly and even cauterizes blood vessels and nerves as it goes, meaning patients experience almost no bleeding, swelling, or pain during or after a procedure. Most don’t even need local anesthetic to remain comfortable the entire time!