Advanced Periodontal Care
Maintaining good periodontal care is essential to achieving optimal oral health. Gum disease and other periodontal problems are preventable with consistent at-home and professional care, but when these issues do occur, they are entirely treatable. Dr. Eric B. Fisher offers a full range of advanced and effective periodontal care at his Plainview, NY, office. If you have symptoms of gum disease—like inflamed or bleeding gums—or if we discover evidence of gum disease, we can help you restore your oral health with one of our many periodontal treatments.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gum disease in its mildest state is called gingivitis and is characterized by inflamed gums that are prone to bleeding. Gingivitis can typically be reversed with a sound daily oral hygiene routine that includes flossing and brushing twice a day. Combined with regular deep cleanings at Dr. Fisher’s practice, this can help preserve your oral health and help overcome the condition.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can worsen into a condition called periodontitis. At this point, patients have plaque that has spread below the gum line, further irritating the gums. Once periodontitis has developed, you will need to seek professional care to treat it. If left unchecked, periodontitis can have a negative domino effect on one’s oral health. The disease can damage the jawbone and other periodontal structures, ultimately requiring tooth extraction or other restorative treatments.
Gum Disease Symptoms
There are a number of symptoms of gum disease that you should be aware of, including:
- Inflamed, red, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed, especially following brushing, flossing, or eating
- A receding gum line
- Bad breath
- Teeth that wiggle when you touch them
- Shifting or loose teeth
If left unchecked, periodontitis can have a negative domino effect on one’s oral health. The disease can damage the jawbone and other periodontal structures, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
Periodontal Treatment Options
Dr. Fisher believes in using the least invasive therapies with up-to-date dental technologies to treat your periodontal disease. At the office of Eric B. Fisher, D.D.S., your periodontal treatment options include:
Scaling and root planing: This treatment involves manually removing the bacteria that causes periodontal disease with specialized tools. Scaling is when tartar is scraped from above and below the gum line. Root planing is follow-up treatment that involves smoothing out the rough spots on the tooth roots to facilitate a stronger attachment to your gums. This treatment may be performed in one visit or require multiple visits, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Pocket irrigation and reduction: Pocket irrigation can be performed as part of a professional dental cleaning or in combination with pocket reduction surgery. In pocket reduction surgery, the tartar and subgingival plaque will be removed and the pockets reduced with advanced laser therapies. An irrigator may also be used at this time to cleanse the pockets.
Gingivectomy: A gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose and diseased gums to combat gaps between the teeth and gums. Dr. Fisher performs this with the aid of a precise laser that reduces postoperative pain and bleeding and also eliminates the need for standard surgical tools like scalpels and sutures.
Receive Advanced Periodontal Care
If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, contact our practice online. During a consultation, Dr. Fisher can assess your gum health and develop a treatment plan that restores your smile to optimal oral health. If you have any questions about periodontal care or treatments, please call our office at (516) 942-4440 to speak to a member of our team.