Your gums are not only as important as your teeth, but perhaps more so. Without them functioning the way they should, your teeth are left without a foundation. At the practice of Michael J. Weiss & Associates, we offer essential periodontal treatment, up to and including surgery.
Gum disease is caused by the cumulative effects of plaque and tartar. Gingivitis is the first stage, and it is typically associated with redness and irritation. However, if it is not addressed in a timely fashion at our Sunnyside dental office, the next stage is periodontitis. Inflammation and infection are the usual outcome, and those bring with them serious consequences. Symptoms you should look out for are persistent bad breath, bleeding gums when you brush, and receding gums. Eventually, your gum and bone tissue will begin to erode, and your teeth may become loose as a result. Methods of treatment include a teeth cleaning for gingivitis, and a deeper type of cleaning called scaling and root planing for periodontitis. In both instances, the goal is to remove the plaque and tartar that the source of your gum disease. But if you keep getting recurrences, it could be because your gum pockets are too deep, which makes them easy for plaque and tartar to hide away in. The solution is gum surgery at our Sunnyside dental office. A pocket reduction procedure shortens those pockets and makes it considerably easier for you to avoid future bouts of gum disease. It’s a safe and effective surgery, and the benefits extend beyond your oral health. Chronic gum disease is linked to increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.
To find out if gum surgery is the right option for you, simply contact our Sunnyside dental office to schedule a visit for a consultation and examination.