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Glen Head Periodontics

Periodontist in Glen Head

Statistics have shown that well over half of Americans have some form of gum disease. When you do have gum disease your regular dental cleanings are not a “just” a cleaning. Patients often ask our Glen Head periodontist, Warren Baine, DMD, what the difference is between periodontal maintenance and a regular cleaning, so we do our best to educate you on the process. A regular cleaning is normally recommended every six months for our patients who have healthy gums and bone. During this appointment, we remove stains, tartar, and soft plaque above the gums, then check for cavities.

11753 Gum Disease Therapy

11753 Gum Disease Therapy

A bacterial infection caused by plaque, periodontal disease destroys the bone and fibers holding your teeth in place. Certain people are more at risk than others and smoking, certain medications, stress, diabetes and prior gum problems are just some of the things that can increase your risk. The goal of our Glen Head periodontist is to stop the infection by cleaning and disinfecting the roots of your teeth, above and below the gums, in a procedure known as scaling and root planing. Typically, this procedure takes place over two visits, during which our hygienist may use a local anesthetic and usually treats one half of your mouth at a time.

Very much like diabetes, periodontal disease is a chronic condition that can be controlled but not cured. Once bone damage has occurred, it is, unfortunately, permanent and the resulting pockets are impossible to keep clean with ordinary tools such as a toothbrush, floss, or Waterpik. Leading-edge techniques such as laser therapy and placing antibiotics under your gum line in the periodontal pockets, have helped many of our patients avoid gum surgery and tooth loss. Dr. Baine also explains to our patients that the best periodontal disease control is a team effort which means it’s important for you to keep up a careful oral hygiene routine at home, coupled with frequent office visits to monitor and maintain your gums and bone. The frequency of these office visits vary according to individual patient needs, but research has shown that after scaling and root planing, it only takes about three months for the bacteria to accumulate in these pockets to the point where the problem was caused in the first place. Most of our patients are able to stay healthy when they schedule maintenance visits at 3 to 4 month intervals but if there has been no change, it means the schedule is working for you and your periodontal disease is being controlled.

Laser Periodontics Glen Head
302 Ivy Hill Court
Muttontown, New York 11753
516-986-2344

Glen Head Periodontist

11753 Gum Disease Therapy

Our Glen Head periodontist office, Warren Baine, DMD, is a highly specialized practice dedicated to excellence in periodontics and dental implantology. Dr. Baine and his staff have been caring for patients for over a quarter of a century. We are proud to be a part of the Glen Head community. We specialize in periodontal scaling and root planing, anti-bacterial irrigation, and de-sensitizing treatments. Anti-bacterial irrigation will aid in the reduction of harmful bacterial in the mouth, while de-sensitizing will help strengthen the tooth surface in order to minimize the pain and discomfort that comes with tooth sensitivity, a problem common in periodontally involved patients.

Treatment for gum disease always depends on the severity of the disease itself. We always evaluate each patient in order to determine his or her needs and discover the appropriate treatment method. When gum disease has progressed to the more advanced stages, where their is loss of bone occurs, scaling and root planing become possible treatment options. As a part of the scaling and root planning treatment, our Glen Head periodontist will also perform anti-bacterial and de-sensitizing treatment.

11753 Periodontics

11753 Periodontics

The purpose of scaling and root planing is to remote the dental plaque and tartar that has taken hold of the gums and caused bone loss. The reason our Glen Head periodontist uses scaling and planing is to make sure that the gums stop pulling away from the teeth. We clean between the gums and the teeth all the way down to the roots, the goal is to make sure that the bacteria is gone and the gum disease stops from progressing. If good oral hygiene is practiced after this procedure, it is reasonable to expect the gums to tighten up against the teeth and return to their healthy pink color.

Gum disease is a serious problem. If left untreated the affects of gum disease can cause health problems that can reach beyond the mouth. Warren Baine, DMD is dedicated to your oral health, so if you are experiencing gum pain or tooth sensitivity of any kind, don’t hesitate to come see us at our local Glen Head periodontist office.

Periodontal Scaling Glen Head
302 Ivy Hill Court
Muttontown, New York 11753
516-986-2344