Periodontal treatment is essential to maintaining the health of your gums, teeth, and surrounding structures. At New Roc Dental in New Rochelle, New York, Ovral Wynter, DDS, provides effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. To speak with Dr. Wynter about your oral health, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, refers to inflammation and infection of the gums. Gum disease most often refers to gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, and periodontitis refers to an infection of the gums. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by bacteria and plaque buildup. Gingivitis often progresses to periodontitis. If left untreated, gum disease causes damage to the tissue and bone that support your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
Advanced periodontitis can also cause the gum line to recede or pull away from the teeth, causing the teeth to appear longer than normal. Although periodontal disease can cause major damage to your gums and teeth, it’s highly preventable. At New Roc Dental, Dr. Wynter provides tooth scaling and root planing to help prevent the development of gum disease.
Tooth scaling and root planing is a procedure that’s often the first step in addressing gum disease. Tooth scaling and root planing is used to clean the pockets around your teeth and remove harmful plaque buildup. To perform the procedure, Dr. Wynter begins with tooth scaling. She uses a specialized instrument to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the surface of your teeth and beneath the gum line.
Once your teeth and gums are cleaned, Dr. Wynter performs root planing, smoothing the gums to prevent tartar and bacteria from developing beneath the gum line. Tooth scaling and root planing can help relieve inflammation and prevent you from developing periodontitis, an infection in your gums.
Gum disease is highly preventable. In addition to attending your regular dental checkups, there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself against gum inflammation and infections. These include:
Developing healthy oral hygiene habits is the best way to avoid gum disease. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can help you avoid tooth loss and the need for invasive surgical procedures. To speak with Dr. Wynter about your periodontal treatment, book an appointment by phone or online today.