Rejuvenate Oral Health with Periodontal Therapy
Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health
Gum (Periodontal) disease is a serious – and common – oral health problem affecting, by some estimates, 80% of American adults and contributing to such complications as tooth loss, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Dr. Makadia uses an Nd: YAG laser which is a special frequency laser scientifically proven to be a better soft tissue laser over most Diode Lasers as it has better health effects on oral cavities. It destroys bacteria with shockwaves. It has better bio-stimulation effects for tissue repair and wound healing. We use this laser as it is the most appropriate state-of-the-art equipment for treating gum disease. Dental lasers improve patient comfort, shorten treatment and healing times, and reduce or eliminate the need for anesthesia, blades (cutting), and stitches.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to accumulate on teeth and below the gum line, causing infection. There are several stages of periodontal disease ranging from relatively harmless (mild inflammation, oral bleeding) to dangerous and destructive (periodontal pockets, damaged connective tissues, tooth loss). In fact, research suggests that there are links between periodontal disease and other serious health conditions including heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications. At Sunrise Dental Service, our goal is to provide effective treatment and relief at the earliest stage possible.
What is the difference between the cleanings associated with periodontal disease?
If you are struggling with periodontal disease, personalized therapy will be needed to restore health to your teeth and gums. In the very early stages, a typical prophylaxis may be enough to reverse any ill effects. Also known as a prophy, this is a simple cleaning that is usually provided at your routine checkups, focusing on cleaning away the plaque and tartar that has formed above the gums. In more severe situations, scaling and root planing is recommended by Dr. Makadia instead because it involves cleaning in the periodontal pockets and under the gum line. Patients with moderate to severe cases of periodontal disease will need to undergo periodontal maintenance on a regular basis, which involves both a prophy and scaling and root planing.
Scaling and Root Planing
If possible, our Bohemia, NY team will treat your periodontal disease in a non-surgical, minimally invasive fashion. This procedure, known as scaling and root planing, will involve cleaning the root surfaces under the gum line and smoothing rough areas in order to prevent more damage from occurring. We may also provide antibiotic therapy in order to improve your recovery and kill any remaining bacteria.
Once periodontal disease has reached a certain level of severity, patients will require regular maintenance in order to ensure the disease does not return. At Sunrise Dental Service, we recommend attending these appointments every three months or so. Dr. Makadia and the rest of our team will inspect the health of your gums, perform scaling and root planing, and provide any needed medication. Our goal is to help you avoid the need for surgical intervention down the road.
Nd: YAG Laser Treatment
Another method for treating periodontal disease is the application of our state-of-the-art laser here in Bohemia, NY. Dr. Makadia uses this advanced tool to detoxify soft tissue and effectively remove difficult strains of bacteria that other techniques cannot. Laser treatment offers patients several benefits including more overall comfort and a significantly reduced healing period.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease in Bohemia, NY
Did you know that 80 percent of Americans suffer from periodontal disease? It is a shocking number — especially because it is so easy to prevent the condition with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.
Some of the main causes of and risk factors for gum disease include:
- Insufficient brushing and flossing
- Age – Adults over age 35 are most likely to develop the condition
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications that cause dry mouth
- Conditions like diabetes, HIV or pregnancy may contribute to gum disease
Fortunately, gum disease is often successfully treated. Early detection results in the easiest treatment, so make sure you are not falling behind on your regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Makadia in Bohemia. When you come in for your appointment every six months, you are giving us the chance to check for the warning signs of gum disease, like red, swollen or tender gums. If we spot a problem, we are able to provide quick treatment using advanced technology.
If you suspect you are suffering from gum disease in our neighborhood or the surrounding areas of Sayville, Ronkonkoma, Oakdale, Holbrook or Blue Point, please do not wait to find out more about laser assisted gum surgery!
Laser Assisted Gum Surgery
With Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), your Sunrise Dental Service team is able to treat gum disease with absolutely no cutting or sutures. That is right — it is a fast, virtually pain-free way to treat gum disease that does not remove significant amounts of gum tissue.
To treat your gums, Dr. Makadia uses a laser to remove up to 99 percent of the bacteria that resides in the infected areas. The benefits of using these precise lasers to treat gum disease are numerous. Some of the most common include:
- Less discomfort since there is no need for stitches
- The total treatment time is cut almost in half.
- Recovery is complete in as little as 24 hours meaning you are back to your regular life much sooner than with traditional surgery.
Laser assisted gum surgery is possible for patients suffering from diabetes, HIV, or other conditions that may prevent the success of traditional surgery. If you are interested in learning more about how gum disease can be treated with lasers, please do not wait to schedule your appointment with our team of experts!
Total Patient Comfort
Your comfort is always a top priority for our team! Our practice offers several revolutionary tools and techniques for improving the caliber of care and reducing unpleasant sensations during periodontal treatment. These include lasers, computerized anesthesia systems, painless injections, nitrous oxide, and more.