Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht truly care about the needs of their patients. They are passionate about detecting and diagnosing dental conditions in their patients and creating effective treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Caring for your oral health by providing periodontal treatment for gum disease at our Staten Island dental facility is just one of the ways our dentists can improve your health and quality of life.
An Inside Look at Periodontal Disease
Periodontics, or gum care, is one of the most important components of dentistry, because without healthy gums, the integrity of your mouth is compromised. Our world-class dentists have integrated a soft tissue management program into every treatment that we provide at our practice. If your mouth reveals signs of gum disease or is in need of periodontal treatment, our Staten Island dentists will implement an action plan to aggressively attack the condition, remove tacky tartar, and eradicate hidden bacteria.
When bacteria rests along your gum line, its toxins begin to break down your tissues and create pockets between your teeth and gums. Plaque and tarter begin to reside within pockets, which, over time, weakens your enamel, eats away at your soft and hard tissues, and destroys the health of your teeth and gums.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Heredity, poor oral hygiene, and plaque are the main causes of gum disease. Tobacco users, patients with diabetes, pregnant and menopausal women, or girls going through puberty are at increased risk of periodontal disease. Stress, certain prescription medications, grinding or clinching your teeth, poor nutrition, and obesity have all been linked to many serious diseases including periodontal conditions.
Conservative Periodontal Treatment
For patients who show signs of periodontal disease, our team may recommend root scaling, planing, antibiotic therapy, or soft tissue laser therapy. In some cases, the disease has already progressed beyond the reach of conservative treatment, however. If that is the case, Drs. Hecht and Hecht may suggest more invasive treatment, such as gum surgery. It is important to know that if you at one time suffered from periodontal disease, you will always have some form of the condition. It is for that reason that our dentists teach patients how to manage the disease and maintain a healthy, stunning smile. Just as our dentists hold themselves responsible for providing care of the highest quality to patients, we hold our patients responsible for practicing optimal oral hygiene daily. Together, we can preserve the beauty and health of your smile for years to come!
Prevention and Care
If left untreated, the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can progress into a more severe stage, periodontitis. Periodontitis can result in tooth loss and contribute to serious health problems involving other areas of the body. At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, our periodontal treatment team works with patients to teach them proper ways to care for their smiles so that the health of their teeth and gums flourish. Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht recommend that patients schedule semi-annual dental cleanings, have x-rays taken of their mouths, perform fluoride treatments at home, brush regularly, floss on a daily basis, and avoid bad habits that can put the health of their smiles in jeopardy. Regular dental visits allow our staff to keep a watchful eye on your teeth and gums. In the weeks following restorative treatment and implant surgery, our team requires patients to attend comprehensive examinations to ensure that the health of their jawbone and the structural integrity of their gums remains uncompromised.
Contact Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist
To find out more about the periodontal treatment and gum disease options that we offer at our Staten Island dental office, contact us today!