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At Shine Dental Associates in Syosset, we understand the importance of oral health, and that means providing our patients with the services they need to ensure that they remain in optimal dental health.

Periodontics is just one branch of dentistry that is concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth. We also prevent, diagnose, and treat the diseases, conditions, and dental inflammation that can also affect your oral health.

At Shine Dental Associates, we offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures that are designed to fit all your dental needs. Read the following information about periodontal disease and watch the videos below to learn more and then call Shine Dental Associates in Syosset at (516) 348-4800 to schedule an appointment with a board-certified periodontist.

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What is Periodontal Disease?

This disease is very common, but it is also a serious dental condition that needs to be taken care of. It is a gum infection that can ultimately damage the gums and destroy the jawbone.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

There are several stages of periodontal disease. The first of those stages is Gingivitis. This condition can often be overlooked but a patient suffering from gingivitis may experience bad breath and bleeding gums when they brush and floss their teeth.

The next stage is considered early periodontitis and this condition occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. The gum tissue can become inflamed which can then result in early bone loss for the patient. Periodontal disease typically causes a gingival pocket depth of between 4 and 5 millimeters.

The stages of periodontal disease will then begin to progress and become more and more serious. The patients’ risk of tooth loss also significantly increases as the disease progresses, and they can experience 50 to 90% bone loss.

Treating Periodontal Disease

The first step to tackling periodontal disease is by getting an evaluation to determine the extent of the condition. At Shine Dental Associates, our periodontist will review your medical and dental history, examine your mouth, measure the pocket depth of the gums, and take X-rays to check for any bone loss in areas where the pocket depth may have been deeper.

The ultimate goal when treating periodontal disease is to clean the pockets around the teeth, take care of any bacteria, and prevent further damage to the surrounding bone. For periodontal disease that has not advanced too far, we offer scaling, root planing, and antibiotics to help treat the bacterial infection.

For more advanced periodontal disease, we have surgical treatments such as soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, and pocket reduction surgery to help with receding gums and help prevent tooth loss and promote the regrowth of natural bone.

Our oral health is important and when left untreated can lead to other serious health complications as well. It is crucial that we practice good oral hygiene habits at home and go to each cleaning and take advantage of the routine maintenance to help keep periodontal disease away.

At Shine Dental, you can smile for less! Do you have a question about our periodontal services or want to make an appointment to get your evaluation? Call us today at (516) 348-4800.

We can help treat periodontal disease, horizontal bone loss, Peri-Implantitis, and vertical bone loss. Don’t wait another day. Call us and let us help treat you and restore your smile.

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