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If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, periodontics can prevent the infection from spreading and preserve your smile. At DentAlign NYC: Kenn Kakosian DDS PhD, in Midtown East, Manhattan, experienced dentist Kenn Kakosian, DDS, PhD, offers several types of periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing, pocket reduction, and crown lengthening. To make an appointment at the New York City practice, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
What is periodontics?
Periodontics diagnoses and treats gum disease or inflammation of your gum tissue. Specifically, it provides comprehensive care for gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, but without early intervention and treatment, it gets worse. Often, healthy lifestyle changes like brushing your teeth more frequently and eating a healthy diet are enough to prevent additional complications.
Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. Over time, it causes your gums to recede (or pull away) from your teeth. As the infection gets worse, you might even experience loose teeth or tooth loss.
When should I schedule a periodontics appointment?
Schedule a periodontics appointment at DentAlign NYC if you experience one or more symptoms of gum disease, such as:
- Gums that are red or swollen
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
You might also benefit from periodontics if you wear dentures and they don’t fit as well as they used to.
What does periodontics involve?
At DentAlign NYC, Dr. Kakosian offers several types of periodontal treatment, including:
Scaling and root planing
During scaling and root planing, Dr. Kakosian removes all of the plaque and tartar from the pockets around your gums. Then, he smooths out your tooth roots and implants antibiotic beads beneath your gums. Over time, the beads release medication that prevents the infection from spreading.
If you have periodontitis, surgical intervention, like pocket reduction might be necessary. During pocket reduction, Dr. Kakosian numbs your mouth, carefully lifts your gums, removes the bacteria beneath, and re-secures the tissue.
If you lose one or more teeth due to gum disease, it’s possible to restore your smile with dental implants. Often, to receive implants, patients need to undergo a regenerative procedure like a bone graft to restore their jaw.
Sometimes, gum disease causes cosmetic consequences. If you’re unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your gums, crown lengthening can remove excess tissue.
Might periodontics benefit me?
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Kakosian can determine if you might benefit from periodontics. Following an oral exam and a series of digital X-rays, he can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
To explore the benefits of periodontics, make an appointment at DentAlign NYC: Kenn Kakosian DDS PhD by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.