Gum Disease Treatment – Tappan, NY
How We Get Rid of Bad Breath & Bleeding Gums
Do your gums bleed every time you clean your teeth? Does your breath smell less than fresh even after you’ve brushed or chewed gum? If so, then you might have periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums and roots of the teeth. Early symptoms are minor, but over time, it can cause gum recession, loose teeth, and ultimately-- tooth loss. At Smile More Dentistry, we’re ready to take care of more than just your teeth, which is why we provide a variety of gum disease treatments designed to find, diagnose, and treat infections at the earliest sign of trouble.
Why Choose Smile More Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Periodontal Screenings Performed at Every Appointment
- Able to Stop Chronic Halitosis
- Deep Cleanings Performed by Expert Hygiene Team
Scaling & Root Planing
If we determine that a patient does indeed have periodontal disease, the first treatment we’ll likely recommend will be scaling and root planing. Periodontal disease is primarily caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria along the gum line and roots of the teeth, and the scaling portion of this cleaning will remove it. Then, the roots of the teeth are gently smoothed out or planed. This helps the gums firmly reattach to the teeth, plus it lowers the chances someone will develop serious periodontal disease again in the future.
When a person has periodontal disease, they tend to develop pockets of bacteria between their teeth and gums that are extremely difficult to clean with traditional instruments alone. To make sure all periodontal bacteria are eliminated, our team can apply a topical antibiotic called Atridox slightly below the gum line. Once in place, it will quickly dry and then slowly dissolve so the powerful medicine is able to reach and eliminate even the deepest bacteria.
Gum recession is another common symptom of periodontal disease. As the bacteria break down the soft tissue in the mouth, this actually causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, which exposes the sensitive enamel around the roots and makes the teeth appear unnaturally long. Fortunately, we can address both the health and aesthetic concerns using gum recontouring, returning the tissue to its original position to protect the tooth roots while also giving someone a more balanced smile.
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