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Dentist East Northport

Dentist East Northport

Whether due to poor hygiene, bad eating habits or just bad genetic luck, lots of Americans suffer from gum disease, which is characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, among other signs and symptoms. As with a great many other diseases of the body, gum disease progresses in stages of steadily increasing severity. Each one of these stages, in its turn, requires an ever more involved course of treatment. Because Roger Curtiss, DDS — our East Northport dentist — sees patient education as an integral component of patient health, we’d like to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about the stages of gum disease and the stages of addressing it.

Periodontal Care East Northport

Periodontal Care East Northport

Gum disease starts off small, when bacteria in accumulated plaque cause gums to become red and inflamed. This first stage is called “gingivitis”, and, generally speaking, it’s fairly easily cured with a combination of improved oral hygiene habits and a professional cleaning. However, if gingivitis is allowed to fester unimpeded, swollen gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where plaque and bacteria can gain an even stronger foothold. This is called periodontitis, and once this happens, your East Northport dentist will need to go beyond simple cleaning to a pair of procedures called periodontal scaling and planing to bust up plaque deposits and smooth out the roots of affected teeth (bacteria love any nook and cranny they can find). Now, if Roger Curtiss, DDS, checks you out and finds signs that these pockets in your gums have become especially large, you may need to undergo pocket reduction surgery.

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Sure, gum disease is uncomfortable and somewhat unsightly, but, really, what’s the big deal? We here at the practice of Roger Curtiss, DDS, hate to break it to you, but gum disease threatens more than just your comfort and appearance. If left to its own devices, periodontal disease can cause tooth-loss and, believe it or not, spread serious infection to other parts of your body. This is why prompt treatment is so very important. If you’ve noticed your gums aren’t looking so hot — or even if you’ve simply not been to the dentist in a while — call or go online to set up an appointment with our East Northport dentist today!

Gum Disease Treatments East Northport
299 Main Street, Suite I
Northport, New York 11768
631-706-4185

Implant Dentist Centerport

Implant Dentist Centerport

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to the implants, often times dental crowns, are natural-looking and enhance a patient’s smile. Dental implants are a very strong, stable, and durable tooth restoration options, but on occasion, the implant may need to be re-tightened or replaced due to everyday wear.

Like most cosmetic dentistry, the process of getting dental implants requires several visits to Centerport implant dentist, Dr. Roger Curtiss. After your consultation with Dr. Curtiss regarding dental implants and other viable cosmetic dental options, your next dental appointment will include dental x-rays and impressions or molds of the jaw and teeth. These help Dr. Curtiss to determine the structure of your jaw, as well as illustrates what bone, gum tissue and spacing is available for the implant. The next step in dental implants involves the surgical placement of the implant into the bone, often this procedure will happen with an oral surgeon. After the area has been allowed to heal, which could take up to six months, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post on the dental implant. During this part of the procedure, you will have several fittings with Dr. Curtiss so that we can ensure the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant and provide stability and comfort.

Following a dental implant procedure with Dr. Curtiss, you’ll receive at-home care instructions. Good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits to Dr. Curtiss’ Centerport dentist office will all aid in prolonging the life of your dental implants.

Greenlawn Cosmetic Dentist
299 Main Street, Suite I
Northport, New York 11768
631-706-4185