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Gum Disease Dentist Westchester

Is gum disease putting your oral health at risk?

The gum disease dentist Westchester removes periodontal infection with painless laser treatment

If you have been putting off treatment for gum disease because you think you may need painful gum surgery, your worries are over. Non-invasive laser gum disease treatment allows us to remove periodontal infection quickly and painlessly.

Why is treatment for periodontal disease important?

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection affecting your gums and surrounding bone tissue. All day long, plaque builds up on your teeth and gums. Plaque eventually hardens into a substance called tartar. Even with diligent at-home oral hygiene, plaque and tartar gets stuck between your teeth. You cannot get to these hard-to-reach places by brushing and flossing alone, which is why you need routine dental cleanings.

If you do not schedule regular professional cleanings, bacteria become lodged at the gumline and eventually lead to infection, or periodontal disease. This infection can spread to surrounding tissue, leading to bone deterioration and tooth loss. Studies have also established a link between periodontal disease and serious illnesses of the body, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Stroke
  • Pre-term low birth-weight babies

Laser periodontal treatment eliminates cut-and-stitch gum surgery

If you have been told that you have advanced gum disease and need surgery, we offer a non-invasive, pain-free alternative. Using state-of-the art laser equipment, the gum disease dentist Westchester can effectively remove periodontal infection without painful gum surgery. Benefits of laser periodontal treatment are:

  • No cutting of tender gum tissue, so minimal bleeding
  • No stitches
  • Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever
  • Healthy gum tissue is preserved
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Return to normal activities the same day

Periodontal Disease Treatment for Moderate Cases

Not all periodontal disease treatment requires laser treatment, though. For less advanced cases of periodontal infection, the Westchester gum disease dentist performs a deep cleaning that involves three steps:

  1. Scaling – Removal of tartar and plaque buildup above and below the gum line
  2. Root Planing – Smoothing of rough spots on root surfaces
  3. Arestin® Therapy – Arestin® is an antibiotic medication that is used when deep cleaning is complete. It is placed directly into the pockets below your gum line to completely clear away any infection that may be present.  Because it is used directly at the site of infection, it is much more effective than taking an oral antibiotic.