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 this 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.
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include the following:
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 as well as increase your risk for overall health issues like diabetes and cardiovascular disease – that’s why early intervention is crucial here in East Amherst, NY!
Patients can rest assured that our team will diagnose and treat periodontal disease as soon as we diagnose it.
Non-surgical periodontal therapy, using ozone enriched oxygen is one potential option for treating periodontal disease. This in-depth cleaning procedure targets bacteria that has gathered underneath the gum tissue and smooths the rough surfaces of tooth roots as well, which are big magnets for decay-causing and detrimental plaque bacteria. Alternatively, Dr. McCarthy can also use her state-of-the-art soft tissue laser to precisely eliminate diseased tissue and bacteria in a minimally invasive fashion. This technique allows her to keep patients much more comfortable through their treatment by promoting faster healing and minimizing bleeding, swelling, and other uncomfortable post-operative symptoms.
Gum tissue can often recede over time, exploring more of the tooth surfaces than a patient would normally desire; this process may also result in a smile that is noticeably asymmetrical. In order to replenish your confident appearance safely and seamlessly, Dr. McCarthy can provide cosmetic “gum lifts” with state-of-the-art laser technology. The gum tissue is repositioned quickly, and the laser’s focused beam seals blood vessels automatically so that there are little to no post-operative symptoms to worry about, as well as minimal discomfort.