Gum Disease Treatment Using Cutting-Edge Laser Technology
Gum disease can dramatically affect your long-term oral and physical health. To safeguard the health of your smile, Dr. Michael Molnar offers gum disease treatment for all stages of the condition. At his Tarrytown, NY, practice, he focuses largely on prevention through routine cleanings and exams. He also utilizes the latest tools and laser technology to treat periodontal disease when it does develop. Through his various procedures, he can remove harmful oral bacteria, easing inflammation and discomfort. Treatment for gum disease can also reduce your risk for tooth loss, jawbone recession, and certain cardiovascular conditions.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a common condition, brought about by a buildup of oral bacteria. During the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, these microbes will collect along your gum line. There, they will cause mild inflammation and, in some cases, slight bleeding. Left to multiply, however, the bacteria will move much deeper into your gums. As they spread, they will create pockets around your tooth roots. These pockets will gradually grow larger, and your gums may begin to pull away from your teeth. During this stage of the disease, known as periodontitis, you could experience significant discomfort, noticeable bleeding, chronic bad breath, visible gum recession, and tooth loss. In the most advanced stages, you could also suffer from dramatic jawbone degeneration.
Gum disease treatment can reduce your risk for tooth loss, jawbone recession, and certain cardiovascular conditions.
Prevention and Treatment
Of course, Dr. Molnar’s primary objective is to prevent gum disease before it starts. For this reason, routine cleanings and exams are a fundamental part of our practice. You should schedule a regular cleaning once every six months. During a cleaning, a hygienist will rid your mouth of harmful bacteria. Dr. Molnar will check for redness, tissue recession, and other early indications of gum disease. If he sees anything unusual, he will recommend an appropriate treatment.
In the early stages of gingivitis, a regular cleaning will typically be sufficient. Following your cleaning, Dr. Molnar and his team will provide guidelines for improving your dental hygiene at home. Once periodontitis develops, you may require more aggressive care. During a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), your hygienist will eradicate any bacterial pockets from your gums. Then he or she will smooth your dental roots. This step will keep bacteria from collecting in the microscopic fissures on the surface of your roots.
In many cases, Dr. Molnar may use our state-of-the-art Biolase® Waterlase laser to eliminate microbes. The laser energy will destroy bacteria, but it will not inflame the healthy parts of your gums. Additionally, the tool will produce streams of water and air, simultaneously cooling and moisturizing the surrounding tissues. This procedure involves minimal discomfort and post-treatment bleeding. It also minimizes the risk for dental infection.
The Importance of Gum Disease Treatment
Whichever treatment you receive, our periodontal care can have significant benefits for your oral and physical health. Periodontal treatment can eliminate gum disease before it causes widespread gum recession and tooth loss. Additionally, your practitioner can stop oral bacteria from spreading to your jaw and causing a serious bone infection. Studies have indicated that patients with gum disease are at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. By treating any symptoms of gum disease quickly and efficiently, we may be able to protect your long-term physical health.
Treat Gum Disease before it Starts
If you are experiencing gum inflammation, or if you simply need a regular dental exam, we are ready to meet your needs. Call our office at (914) 631-0884 or contact us today to book an appointment. By quickly and efficiently treating gum disease, we can help safeguard your oral and physical health for years to come.