Family Dental Group of Fishkill
738 Route 9, Suite 22, Fishkill, NY 12524
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly half of Americans age 30 and over have some type of gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a condition which begins as gingivitis. You may have experienced symptoms such as swollen, red or bleeding gums. If you have, then you probably have gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated, yet many people put off treatment to the extent that it develops into severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the main reason why adults lose their teeth. This is because the disease breaks down the ligaments and bones that hold your teeth within your jawbone. When you have gum disease of any form, you should see a periodontist to receive treatment.
Periodontists are specialists in issues that involve the soft gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. In addition to studying general dental topics in dental school, a gum disease expert has also undertaken two to three years of study in managing gum disease, placing dental implants and cosmetic techniques.
To learn more about Family Dental Group of Fishkill, give us a call at (845) 764-9315. Our periodontics office is always happy to help you book an appointment with a periodontist in Fishkill.
Did you know that the roots of the word periodontics come from the Greek language? In Greek, “Perio” is “around” and “dontic” is “tooth.” A periodontist is a gum disease specialist who is highly skilled in treating any condition or issue that involves the gum tissue that exists around your teeth.
Do you know what plaque is? It is a sticky substance that begins to cover the teeth whenever you eat or drink. Inside of that plaque is a type of bacteria that will break down the enamel of your tooth, leading to cavities and then to gum disease. Frequent brushing and flossing can prevent plaque from building up and causing serious damage to your teeth and gums. A gum disease specialist can assist you in treating mild, moderate or severe gum disease.
Dental implants are utilized to provide a stable foundation for bridges, dentures or crowns. They are embedded within the jawbone and both look and function as a tooth would. Dental implants allow your facial structure to be preserved, while also keeping your teeth in place and lessening the amount of wrinkling that may occur around your mouth.
The part of your tooth that is hidden beneath your gums is known as the crown. Sometimes a procedure that lengthens the crown is needed. This happens when some of the gum around the tooth needs to be reduced so that more of the crown shows. Periodontists frequently perform this surgery when they need to fit an artificial cap around the tooth. They also do it to show more of the tooth in cases where a denture or brackets for braces need to be attached. This procedure is also available as a cosmetic option.
Everybody’s smile looks a little different. Some people have more gum tissue surrounding their teeth than other people do. In these cases, patients may opt to have gum contouring surgery done in order to lengthen the appearance of their teeth. The procedure consists of one of our periodontists shaping the tissue so that the gum line is more even in appearance.
Advanced periodontal disease can cause the roots of the tooth to become exposed. This happens due to the gums receding because of an infection or trauma. Gum grafting surgery to replace the missing tissue is performed in these cases. The grafting procedure not only treats the receding gums, but it also prevents further bone loss or decay from happening.
Another service that your gum disease expert can provide you with is oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is a potentially fatal disease that can be easily treated while it is in its earliest stages. Our professionals will take a sample of your tissue and send it off for diagnosis. Depending on what the lab finds, we will also help you to develop an effective treatment plan.
If you’ve been putting off treatment because you are afraid it will hurt, don’t delay any longer. Our periodontists have plenty of experience in administering sedation such as laughing gas (nitrous oxide). Our sedation methods ensure that you will be comfortable throughout your procedure.
To receive more information on how our periodontists can help you treat your gum disease, call us at (845) 764-9315.