Gum disease can cause a variety of problems and consequences, especially if it reaches the advanced stage of periodontitis. Here at Hanson Place Dental, it is our periodontist in Fort Greene goal to give the same high level of attention to your gum health as we do to the health of your teeth. Gum treatments range from simple teeth cleanings all the way up to surgery for the most extreme cases.
Due to the effects of plaque, and its hardened form, tartar, your gums can become irritated and red. These are indications of the first stage of gum disease, which is called gingivitis. At that point, you may not even be aware that you have a problem. If you’re thinking that you cannot possibly have gum disease because you are so diligent about brushing and flossing, our periodontist in Fort Greene wants you to know that even the most attentive oral hygiene may not be enough to stop the onset of gum disease. Plaque and tartar hide in gum pockets, out of your reach, and there they go to work on your gums, in the same way that they erode your tooth enamel to form cavities. Your visit to our office two times per year for a checkup also includes teeth cleanings, which will halt gingivitis and reverse it. On the other hand, if you skip your six month exam, gingivitis can progress. Receding gums, persistent bad breath, and loss of gum and bone tissue are all possible results of latter stage gum disease, or periodontitis. Scaling and root planing, a more deeper and invasive cleaning that our periodontist in Fort Greene does, is required to treat it. And if your gum pockets are too deep, and that causes you to have recurrences of gum disease, periodontal surgery may be recommended to correct that problem.
To prevent the worst complications of gum disease, call us and schedule an appointment for your twice-yearly checkup and teeth cleaning.