Periodontal Disease

Providing Quality Dental Health Care To Westchester County

The most common reason for tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. An estimated 3 out of 4 Americans will experience some form of periodontal disease during their lifetime.

At The Dental Design Center in Westchester County, we carefully check bone, tissue and gums for disease or infection at every checkup.

By coming in to the dentist for regular checkups (at least twice per year), you can help ensure that problems are quickly taken care of and long-term dental health problems are avoided.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue and bone that supports your teeth.

Periodontal disease has many different levels, from minor to severe, and can have lasting affects on your dental health and overall health. Very often, early or moderate periodontal disease do not cause dental pain to patients.

The type of treatment necessary depends on the severity of the condition and how far the disease has progressed.

Early detection is the best way to prevent long-term problems (such as losing your teeth) from gum disease.

The only way to determine if one has periodontal disease is through proper and regular examinations by a dental professional like White Plains dentist Dr. Ira Handschuh and his hygienists.

Non-Surgical Treatment For Gum Disease Patients near Scarsdale

At The Dental Design Center, we offer a variety of non-surgical treatments for gum disease.

The first step to preventing and reversing gum disease is regular dental hygiene sessions (routine dental cleaning appointments). Deep cleanings allow the dentist or hygienist to remove tarter that has accumulated deeper on the tooth roots.

We at The Dental Design Center in White Plains are one of the first practices to provide deep cleanings with Oraquix, the needle-free anesthetic. This process allows patients to be anesthetised without the pain of injections while giving short term anesthesia so you will be perfectly comfortable.

Another non-surgical procedure we use at The Dental Design Center is the placement of a medicine called Arestin® directly to the infected area of the gums. Arestin works over a 14-day period to reduce the bacteria that causes the infectious process in the gums. This helps reduce inflamation thereby improving the health of the gums and supportive tooth structure.

Preventing Gum Disease With Good Dental Health

Many people can successfully prevent serious forms of periodontal disease by following dental health guidelines.

Dental hygiene includes brushing at least three times a day, flossing regularly and having a complete dental check up and cleaning at least twice per year (more often if you show any signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease).

Other things you can do to decrease your risk are cutting down on smoking (or quitting completely) and not abusing alcohol.

Up to 30% of the population may be genetically predisposed to developing periodontal disease, so good dental hygiene habits may not be enough to prevent the disease. Other factors that may increase your risk for developing gum disease include smoking, stress, crooked teeth, diabetes, hormonal changes, broken or cracked fillings, certain medications, AIDS and HIV, and poor dental hygiene.

Call The Dental Design Center in White Plains today to schedule an examination and cleaning.