Periodontal Therapy in Park Slope
Did you know that periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States? Dr. Sapienza and his team at The Dental Spa of New York® in Park Slope will assess your gums for signs of this silent destroyer, and then we’ll offer non-surgical therapy in our dental spa. After all, gums are an important part of your healthy smile!
Periodontal disease—whether the early stage, which is called gingivitis or the latter stage, which is known as periodontitis—is primarily caused by bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless coating that can form on your teeth. If left untreated – generally as a result of not regularly brushing and flossing your teeth – the bacteria in plaque infect the gums and release toxins that can destroy the tissues and the underlying bone that supports the teeth. When this happens, the gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets that fill with more plaque and cause additional infection.
The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red and swollen gum tissue
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Lingering bad breath
- Gums that fall away from your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Visible signs of infection
- A change in your bite
The Consequences of Periodontal Disease
Aside from the oral health concerns that periodontal disease presents—gum recession, tooth loss and bone deterioration—there are overall health concerns, as well. Studies have proven that the same bacteria that causes periodontal disease can leach into the bloodstream via infected gum tissue and thereby migrate to other parts of the body. This bacteria has been linked to ailments ranging from high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease to low birth weight, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Treating Periodontal Disease in Park Slope
At The Dental Spa of New York, Dr. Sapienza and his staff treat gingivitis and periodontitis non-surgically. The first step is to make sure plaque buildup is removed from your teeth. A thorough cleaning may be all that’s necessary, but in some cases scaling and root planing will be required. With this procedure, we clean the plaque from below the gum line and then smooth the roots, so plaque is less likely to adhere to the surface of your teeth. Dr. Sapienza may also directly apply antibiotics to treat bacteria housed in the pocketed areas of your gums, and recommend a medicated mouthwash for you to use as part of your at-home oral hygiene routine.
Complete Dental Care in Park Slope
Dr. Sapienza and the staff at The Dental Spa of New York would be delighted to take care of your periodontal health as well as all the dental needs of you and your family. The dentist Park Slope trusts conveniently serves patients from the surrounding communities of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights and Carroll Gardens and other areas of Brooklyn and Queens.