Keep Your Smile Healthier with Periodontal Therapy in East Amherst, NY
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a common complaint among adults – in fact, it’s the leading cause of unnatural tooth loss in the United States. Here in East Amherst, Dr. Shannon McCarthy and the rest of our team take this threat seriously, which is why we emphasize daily brushing, flossing, and other oral hygiene practices. If your smile falls victim to an infection, treatment options are also available to help banish dangerous bacteria and bring back your health. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment! We enjoy welcoming new patients and whole families from Clarence Center, NY and other surrounding areas.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include the following:
- Gums that bleed, especially when brushing or flossing.
- Gum tissue that looks suspiciously swollen, red, or tender.
- Teeth appearing longer over time, which is a sign of a receding gum line.
- Excessively bad breath, even after brushing/flossing/using mouthwash.
However, it’s important to remember that not every case is exactly the same. While the earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is relatively mild, the more advanced stage (periodontitis) can cause severe, permanent damage to your bone and teeth – that’s why early intervention is crucial here in East Amherst, NY!
How do you treat periodontal disease?
Patients can rest assured that our team will diagnose and treat periodontal disease as soon as we locate it.
Scaling and root planing is one potential option for treating periodontal disease. This in-depth cleaning procedure targets bacteria that’s gathered underneath the gum tissue (the scaling portion) and smooths the rough surfaces of tooth roots as well (the root planing portion), which are big magnets for decay-causing plaque. Alternatively, Dr. McCarthy uses her state-of-the-art Ivoclar soft tissue laser to precisely eliminate diseased tissue and bacteria in a minimally invasive fashion. This technique allows us to keep patients much more comfortable through their treatment by promoting faster healing and minimizing bleeding, swelling, and other uncomfortable post-operative symptoms.