If you want your teeth and gums to remain healthy, it is important that you visit our dental practice for regular dental exams and teeth cleanings. If you have a problem with gum disease, our East Northport New York dentist, Dr. Roger D. Curtiss, can provide you with gum treatments at our dental practice, Roger Curtiss, DDS.
During our regular dental exams, your entire mouth will be assessed to determine whether or not it is an excellent oral health. As part of your dental exam, our East Northport New York dentist will assess whether or not your gums are experiencing any problems. If it is found that you have gingivitis, a common precursor to gum disease, our dentist will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to help your gums return to good health. However, if our dentist finds that deep pockets have developed between your teeth and gums, you will have gum disease. When deep pockets form, tartar, plaque, bacteria, and food debris will all gather in these deep pockets and infection will form. Infection will travel down to your jawbone and can cause teeth to loosen and even fall out. It is very important that you receive treatment for gum disease, if it is. Patients can receive a scaling and root planing treatment at our office which is often called a deep cleaning for the gums. During this periodontal treatment, all materials will be removed from the deep pockets, and the tooth roots will be planed to make it more difficult for plaque and other harmful substances to stick to them. This treatment should help your gums to become healthy again; sometimes an additional treatment is needed in order to obtain the necessary results. If the gums do not improve after a scaling and root planing treatment, gum surgery may be needed.
For an appointment to see our East Northport New York dentist for dental care, including a periodontal scaling and root planing treatment, contact us today.