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1835 Cynthia Ln
Merrick, NY 11566
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Merrick, NY 11566

Periodontal Treatment in Merrick, NY

Elite Family Dental Care provides treatment for periodontal disease in Merrick, NY. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 516-608-0001.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is another term for gum disease. Mild gum disease is called gingivitis, while periodontitis refers to a more severe infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal disease often develops due to insufficient oral care, though there is likely a genetic component as well. Certain lifestyle factors are also known risk factors for gum disease.

Fortunately, for many people gum disease is preventable, and mild gum disease is reversible. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing help to prevent sticky bacteria known as plaque from building up on the teeth. This bacteria produces toxins that infect and irritate the gums. When this bacteria is not removed, it hardens and becomes tartar, which a dentist will need to remove.

Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is a progressive infection, so it will worsen over time. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms of gum disease, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

  • Tender gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath (even when you’ve just brushed your teeth)
  • Toothaches
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth that look longer than normal because the gum is receding

It is now known that certain risk factors may make patients more susceptible to developing gum disease. The risk factors include the following.

  • Smokers and those who use smokeless tobacco
  • Underlying conditions include diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, immune system disorders
  • Hormonal changes such as menopause or pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Grinding/clenching teeth
  • Family history of gum disease
  • Age (gum disease is believed to affect 70% of patients 65 and older)
  • Poor nutrition/vitamin deficiency

Complications of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can make you miserable. In addition to swollen, tender gums, and pain while chewing, you risk losing teeth and jaw bone density. Worse still, studies continue to indicate that there is a link between periodontal disease and many serious diseases including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease

FAQs About Periodontal Disease

Does a deep cleaning at the dentist hurt?

Deep cleaning is more often uncomfortable than painful. Usually the discomfort is simply the result of having your mouth held open for a longer than normal period. Local or topical anesthesia is given to numb the areas of the mouth to be treated. You may choose to have the cleanings spread out over two or more appointments.

Will periodontal disease go away on its own?

No. Gum disease will worsen over time, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Leaving periodontal disease untreated puts you at risk of tooth loss and other systemic diseases.

Can gingivitis be cured?

Yes. Mild periodontal disease responds well to non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planing when coupled with excellent oral hygiene habits.

How can I prevent gum disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and see your dentist for regular screenings and cleanings at least twice a year. Schedule a dental appointment at the first sign of tenderness, bleeding, swollen, or dark red gums.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 516-608-0001.

Elite Family Dental Care

1835 Cynthia Ln
Merrick, NY 11566
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Cosmetic Dentistry
Our experienced dentists help patients enhance their smiles by offering the latest in cosmetic treatments including Zoom! teeth whitening, Invisalign, and natural-looking dental implants.

Restorative Dentistry
Restorative treatments preserve your natural teeth wherever possible. Whether it be tooth-colored fillings, same-day crowns (made in our onsite dental lab), or natural-looking dental implants – our team will restore your smile to health and beauty by leveraging the recent advancements in dental technologies.

Dental Implants
As the premium option for replacing missing teeth, dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile, they also improve your oral and overall health. Matching your natural teeth in color, size and shape, dental implants help restore your bite force, preserve your jawbone, and improve your confidence.

Invisalign offers discretion, comfort, and freedom to enjoy your favorite foods – all while getting a perfectly aligned smile. Our dentists have years of specialized experience in using these clear aligners to create beautiful, brilliant smiles.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Painless, professional-grade teeth whitening gives patients a megawatt smile – in just a single visit. Safer and more effective than store-bought whitening kits, Zoom! teeth whitening can bring out the best in your smile in just about an hour.

Periodontal Disease
Gum disease has the potential to lead to serious health problems. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment for periodontal disease are essential to maintaining good oral health – and overall health.

CEREC Crowns
CEREC crowns – also known as same-day crowns – are available at Elite Family Dental Care. Using computer assisted design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM), your permanent crown can be made while you wait, eliminating the need for multiple visits to restore a damaged tooth.

Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are included in our preventative dental care. At your bi-annual checkup, you will be screened for any warning signs. Our digital imaging technologies also allow for the identification of symptoms beneath the surface of the mouth, cheeks, and gums.

Emergency Dentistry
Emergency dental services are available for patients who experience a loose crown, knocked-out tooth, or trauma to the teeth and jaws.