Seventy-five percent of adults over age 35 have at least one thing in common: some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates, we provide premier periodontal work, as well as superior cosmetic dentistry practices at both of our Long Island locations. Should a patient feel nervous about periodontal treatment, our team can discuss IV sedation dentistry in order to ensure the patient has the most comfortable visit possible.
What is periodontal disease?
Although it is often referred to as a single disease, there are actually several types of periodontal disease. All are caused by a bacterial infection that begins as inflammation of the gums and can lead to serious issues requiring cosmetic dentistry. When left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the gums, bone, and ligaments supporting the teeth. One reason periodontal disease is so widespread among adults is that it is initially a painless condition often going unnoticed for years at a time.
The earliest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Our periodontal care experts can help you develop a comprehensive plan for preventing gingivitis and other stages of periodontal disease. The first symptoms to be aware of are gums that bleed when brushed or flossed. Other signs may be red, swollen, or irritated gums. Usually proper brushing and flossing can reverse gingivitis.
Periodontal disease risk factors
Periodontal bacteria can lead to other illnesses by entering into the blood stream.
Research suggests that this may:
- Increase risk of stroke
- Pose a threat to people whose health is compromised of diabetes, osteoporosis, or respiratory diseases.
- Contribute to heart disease
- Increase a woman’s risk of having a pre-term birth
There are some factors that can be controlled, while other cannot be. Although age is not a risk factor, older individuals are more susceptible to disease.
Risk Factors Include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Teeth grinding or bite problems
- Hormone changes
- Family history of periodontal disease
- Taking certain medication
What happens if periodontal disease goes untreated?
As periodontal disease progresses, the signs can become more noticeable and may require some form of cosmetic dentistry. These signs can include: teeth that are loose or separating, change in bite, and chronic bad breath or a bad taste. Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should contact our offices right away.
Treating periodontal disease
Our periodontist, Dr. Sam Morhaim, offers the latest and most advanced techniques in periodontics including surgical procedures for bone and soft tissue regeneration, as well as therapy involving antibiotic placement in local sites.
Schedule a periodontics consultation
The skilled periodontist at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates would be happy to discuss the benefits of periodontal care and cosmetic dentistry treatments with you. For more information about periodontics, contact our Long Island offices today. To learn about our other areas of expertise, click on the links below for more information on cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign®, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.
Great Neck Dental Associates is proud to provide our care and expertise to patients in nearby cities. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions to our offices from the following locations:
- Directions from Astoria
- Directions from Babylon
- Directions from Bayside
- Directions from Flushing
- Directions from Garden City
- Directions from Glen Cove
- Directions from Hempstead
- Directions from Levittown
- Directions from Long Beach
- Directions from Manhasset
- Directions from Massapequa
- Directions from Plainview
- Directions from Port Washington
- Directions from Rego Park
- Directions from Roslyn
- Directions from Whitestone