Keep your smile healthy and beautiful with exceptional periodontal (gum) care
At the heart of Let’s Smile Dental in New York City is a team of dental professionals committed to truly caring care. Led by Dr. Imran Ahmed, our highly skilled team of dentists lean on comfortable amenities, convenient services, and safe and gentle technologies to promote the best possible patient experience.
Let’s Smile Dental is also built on a foundation of preventive services. These services primarily involve ongoing dental exams and professional cleanings. We may determine that you are an excellent candidate for periodontal therapy during these exams.
What is periodontal therapy?
Periodontal refers to the tissues that support and surround the teeth. At least once every six months, our dentists and hygienists check the health of these supportive structures. Our dental hygienists also use their considerable skill and specialized tools to remove bacteria, plaque, and stubborn tartar from the teeth and at the gum line. These substances can irritate and inflame the gums and eventually break down gum tissue and bone.
Periodontal therapy is not a single type of treatment or service. Instead, it is a set of services tailored to each patient’s needs and based on the extent of damage to the gums. As a progressive condition, early-stage inflammation can be resolved without a professional procedure. Our team may recommend ways to improve how well you clean the teeth and gums and any other areas that harbor harmful bacteria. We may also introduce new oral care products to your routine. When detected and addressed early enough into the disease process, we can halt its progression and even reverse its ill effects.
Early gum disease is generally characterized as “gingivitis.” This condition is marked by inflammation. Often, gingivitis does not produce any symptoms. If symptoms are present, they may be subtle and include:
- The presence of blood on toothbrushes and floss
- Pinker or redder gums
- Swelling of the gums
- Gums that feel tender when you touch them
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. It is hard to miss. At this stage, the pockets that form between the teeth and gums are large. That creates a vicious cycle where perio pockets attract more bacteria and other nasties. Severe gum disease may require restorative treatments to build up and regenerate soft tissue. Depending on the severity of the disease, non-surgical therapy may be appropriate. Scaling and root planing is a “deep clean” alternative to standard professional cleanings at our practice. It involves removing germs below the gum line and smoothing (planing) the root surfaces of the teeth. The last step encourages healthy healing and gingival reattachment.
Your gums matter. Please treat them with the TLC that they deserve. Call (212) 831-8940 to schedule your appointment at Let’s Smile Dental.