If I think I might have periodontal disease, what should I do?
Dr. Mishaan is an advocate of frequent brushing and flossing to avoid periodontal disease (PD). However, even with proper dental hygiene, other factors may cause the development of PD. If you think you might have PD, the first step is to make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. If you are looking in the metro area, Dr. Mishaan is a New York dentist conveniently located in midtown Manhattan in the garment district. A dentist will evaluate how far the PD has developed and advise either conservative treatment or periodontal surgery. Conservative treatments consist of deep cleanings which create an environment where proper healing can occur.
Conservative periodontal disease treatments along with proper oral hygiene will help restore healthy gums. Conservative periodontal therapy can include any of the following treatments:
• Instructions for Oral Hygiene and Proplylaxis
• Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
• Antibiotic Treatment
• Occlusal Equilibration
• Regular check ups
If your dentist determines that the tissues surrounding your teeth are unable to be repaired by non-surgical procedures, periodontal surgery might be required. The following are the most commonly prescribed types of periodontal surgery:
• Pocket reduction procedures – Osseous Surgery
• Regenerative Procedures -Gingival Flap Procedure
• Crown Lengthening
• Soft Tissue Grafts -Gingival Grafts
Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and affects 50 percent of adults over 30 years of age. Therefore, it is imperative that you visit a dentist as soon as possible, if you think you are showing symptoms of periodontal disease.