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Periodontics Specialist

Comprehensive Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Larchmont, NY

Roughly 4 in 5 people have gum disease, and many don’t know it because of the initial lack of symptoms. At Comprehensive Dental Group in Larchmont, New York, the expert dentists specialize in periodontics and can prevent or treat gum disease if you’re at risk. Call Comprehensive Dental Group or book an appointment online today to schedule an evaluation and find out more about periodontics.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on the tissues around your teeth — the gums. 

Your gums are prone to disease because a sticky film of bacteria called plaque gathers on the surfaces of your teeth and hardens into a substance called tartar. The bacteria can then destroy the gum tissue and even works its way down to the bone without treatment. 

Periodontal disease often starts without symptoms and gets progressively worse the longer you go without treatment. Its possible symptoms include:

  • Bleeding
  • Gum inflammation and tenderness 
  • Loose adult teeth
  • New spaces between teeth
  • Teeth that no longer fit together when you bite down
  • Pus around the gumline
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession

Gum disease is serious: It’s one of the top causes of tooth loss, and it can lead to a variety of health complications both in your mouth and elsewhere in the body. The team at Comprehensive Dental Group can educate you on gum disease and how it progresses from gingivitis (the milder form) into periodontitis.

What are the possible complications of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can cause or contribute to major separate health issues. It doesn’t stop in your mouth either. Due to the mouth-body connection, gum disease is associated with a variety of health conditions, many of them lifelong. 

Gum disease can increase your risk for:

  • Tooth loss
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory illnesses

Diabetes, a condition that affects your metabolism and causes elevated blood sugar, puts you at a higher-than-average risk of developing periodontitis. Whether or not you have diabetes, you should prioritize oral health care to minimize risks to your overall health.

Which treatments can periodontics address?

Periodontics includes treatments that manage or cure gum disease or its various symptoms. If your gum disease is in its earliest stage, called gingivitis, then you can likely eradicate the condition with one or two thorough professional teeth cleanings at Comprehensive Dental Group. 

For more severe gum disease, further action is necessary. A process called scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning, removes bacterial buildup from both the crowns of your teeth and the roots of your teeth below the gumline. Scaling and root planing not only gets rid of harmful bacteria, it also helps your gums reattach to the roots of your teeth after gum recession. 

Periodontal surgery may be necessary after scaling and root planing. During the surgery, your dentist can reduce the depths of your gum pockets, which makes it easier for you to clean your teeth at home. 

Schedule your appointment for periodontics over the phone or online at Comprehensive Dental Group today.