Early detection is the most important factor when it comes to periodontal disease treatment in Nassau County. Nearly half of the American adult population suffers from some degree of this condition and most are not aware until the condition becomes severe. In some cases it leads to the loss of teeth and may require surgery. Contact Dr. Marichia Attalla
for a free consultation. She can perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums then quickly diagnose and help you to treat periodontal disease both effectively and painlessly.What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease
, is an extremely common condition. It usually presents itself as simple gum inflammation. Other symptoms include red or bleeding gums, bad breath, sensitive teeth, or pain when chewing. When left untreated, it can result in severe damage to the soft tissue and then the eventual loss of teeth in the worst cases.
The earliest phase, what is essentially a precursor to periodontal disease, is the accumulation of tartar. Particles in our mouths from things we eat combine with the bacteria that naturally exist there. The particles and bacteria combine with mucus and form plaque on our teeth. Brushing and flossing go a long way to help get rid of plaque, but if it isn't removed completely it eventually turns into tartar. Getting rid of tartar requires a professional dentist cleaning known as scaling. Tartar, if left on the teeth, turns into gingivitis
, which is the mildest form of gum disease.
Gingivitis presents itself as mild irritation and most people choose to ignore it. But untreated, gingivitis advances over time to become periodontitis, which is a more severe degree of periodontal disease. The gums get irritated and start to pull away from the teeth, forming small pockets that become easily infected by the bacteria. Your body will try to fight the infection, but unfortunately it can actually take a toll on the connective tissues that work to hold your teeth in place. If it still goes untreated, the teeth become loose, eventually falling out or needing to be removed.
The sooner that periodontal disease is identified and treated the better. It is more difficult to treat when it is more advanced. Dr. Attalla evaluates your lifestyle for risk factors as well as takes digital X-rays to pinpoint problem areas so that they can be addressed as soon as possible with the best course of action.Why Is It Important To Treat Periodontal Disease?
The worst cases of periodontal disease can cause teeth to simply fall out or you may need to have teeth removed
to prevent further damage. Some recent studies have also indicated that people with periodontal disease also have issues with their bodies regulating blood sugar. Periodontal disease may potentially have very broad repercussions not just for your teeth, but for your entire body as well.
Losing your permanent teeth can be painful and it interferes with your quality of life, while treating periodontal disease is not painful at all. Preventing, slowing, or stopping periodontal disease are all possible after an evaluation by Dr. Attalla. Diagnosing the condition is non-invasive and pain-free. An early diagnosis and then taking the steps to fight the condition can help you avoid future pain and also help you keep all of your teeth long into your life.The Treatment Process
Dr. Attalla's periodontal disease evaluation process is painless. Your lifestyle is evaluated and gums are looked at for any beginning signs of inflammation. There are a number of lifestyle risk factors such as smoking that increase your chances of developing the condition. Any pockets found around your teeth are measured using a tiny ruler. The depth of pockets is measured in millimeters and doesn't hurt. X-rays are employed to look for any bone loss that may have occurred due to more advanced periodontal disease.
The treatment depends on the extent and severity of the condition. It often involves painless daily care that is performed at home to control and fight the infection before it gets out of hand. Dr. Attalla may also encourage lifestyle changes, such as needing to quit smoking. Sometimes procedures like scaling are necessary to remove tartar and root planing smooths the teeth so there are fewer gaps for bacteria to collect in the future. Antibiotic medications may also be prescribed to help your body deal with an already-present infection.
Occasionally the damage from periodontal disease is so severe that surgery is needed. Flap surgery removes tartar deposits in extremely deep pockets from prolonged neglect. Tissue and bone grafts
may also be necessary if there is severe tissue damage or bone loss. These surgeries are typically outpatient procedures and are also painless compared to the pain of periodontal disease itself.Recovery From Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease treatments are ongoing. Following scaling, root planning, or even any of the surgeries, you will need to make changes to your daily habits that combat the ever-present threat of bacteria. This is to prevent the disease from re-emerging and it also helps deal with any present infection to stop it from spreading.
The conditions in everyone's mouths are different. Dr. Attalla will address your unique needs to deal with periodontal disease. Twice daily brushing, regular flossing and routine visits to the dentist are the most basic steps to take during the recovery process to stop the disease from advancing and prevent the more severe symptoms. Again, periodontal disease can be quite painful - recovering from the treatments is not. It is important not to let the condition go ignored.Get a Free Consultation Today
Dr. Attalla offers free consultations for periodontal disease treatment in Nassau County. If you're experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease like swollen or bleeding gums, then you should schedule an appointment right away. The office will handle your insurance paperwork to take some of the burden from your shoulders and almost all insurance programs are accepted. You can also ask about financing options if you need them. Don't put it off, contact Dr. Marichia Attalla today