Preventive and Restorative Periodontal Care
Dr. Joseph T. Mormino offers periodontal care at our Staten Island, NY, practice. Deep cleanings and other procedures can eliminate gum disease and help you maintain a healthy smile foundation. Caring for your gums is just as important as caring for your teeth. If you are experiencing bleeding, inflammation, pain, or other symptoms of gum disease, please, contact our office today and schedule a consultation.
The Importance of Your Periodontal Health
Your periodontal health affects your oral health in many ways. Conditions such as advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Research also strongly suggests a link between gum disease and increased risk of developing several other serious health conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes.
The four stages of gum disease.
Importance of Regular Checkups
While brushing twice daily and flossing once per day are both important to maintaining periodontal helathy, six-month checkups and dental cleanings are equally necessary. During regular checkups, we can monitor for signs of gum disease. In doing so, we can typically catch the disease in its earliest stage—gingivitis—when it is most treatable and manageable. As gum disease advances, more intensive treatments are necessary to restore gum health. Attending your regular checkups can help avoid these lengthier and costlier procedures.
Neglecting your periodontal health can have serious consequences for your smile, as well as your overall health.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
In many cases, the very earliest stages of gum disease can be reversed simply by refining and maintaining a proper daily oral hygiene routine. However, if Dr. Mormino detects more advanced gum disease during an exam, he may recommend scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. This treatment can eliminate large deposits of plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Afterward, we can smooth your tooth roots to prevent future accumulation of bacteria. In cases of advanced gum disease, patients experience gum recession, in which the tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the roots. Treating gum recession can require tissue grafting. During this procedure, soft tissue is harvested from one area (often the roof of the mouth) and grafted to the affected area to replace lost tissue.
Benefits of Restorative Periodontal Treatments
With advancements in dental technology, restorative periodontal treatments are comfortable, and often require only relatively short recovery periods. Healthy gums benefit virtually every aspect of your dental health by reducing your risk of tooth loss. Meanwhile, numerous studies indicate that you can experience far better overall health when your gums are healthy. Healthy gums also contribute to a beautiful smile, which can help you experience greater confidence and a better quality of life.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you suspect you may have gum disease, contact us right away to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can begin treatment, the better we can manage the condition. After treatment, Dr. Mormino will educate you on how to properly care for your gums to prevent any complications in the future.