Drs. Jason and Alex Hecht proactively approach periodontal disease and potential tooth loss. At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, both dentists are experienced in periodontal treatment. This condition, left untreated, can allow teeth to decay, loosen, and even fall out.
Dr. Jason Hecht: We're very concerned with tooth loss here. And a lot of
people think of tooth loss coming from having cavities, big cavities than
having root canals that don't work out and needing to have the teeth taken
out because of that. But that's only 25% percent of the cases. What's
actually more prevalent in the adult population is gum disease, periodontal
And what happens is the housing that holds the tooth in place, that
basically the gum and the bone become diseased through a series of
processes caused by bacteria and something basically growing on the tooth
and that housing. The gum and the bone actually begin stripping off of the
tooth, making the tooth more loose, more mobile. And that tooth begins to
move. And that process of the tooth becoming more mobile will actually
create an even worse situation for the tooth. And it's a steady situation
that gets worse and worse.
And that's the number one cause of tooth loss, gum disease. And it's an
unfortunate thing because when treated early, when treated correctly, it
doesn't have to be the case. If you intervene, come in have the gum
treatments, have the cleanings done, it can be arrested and stopped and you
don't have to lose that tooth if you address it.
Dr. Alex Hecht: Hopefully, it's early enough that you can clean up the
plaque and the tartar that's around the teeth. Make sure that the patient
starts keeping up with the cleaning themselves because it has to be done on
a daily basis. If you don't do it on a daily basis, even though you have
your teeth cleaned and returned to a healthy condition by a hygienist and
the regimes that we incorporate here, if you don't do regular home care,
and if you don't follow up on a regular basis with a hygienist, you're
going to be back in the same boat as you were when you started.
Dr. Jason Hecht: We really have a fantastic staff here at maintaining the
gums and getting the gums clean. They genuinely come in every day. and
they're excited about it. They really want to get teeth clean. And it's
really their passion. And we let them deliver that passion to our patients.