Periodontal Treatment – Periodontist Massapequa
What is Periodontitis or Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone, as well as the surrounding tissues.
The most common symptoms of Periodontitis are:
- Red, swollen, tender gums.
- Bad breath
- Loose, falling teeth
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
At Ritter Family Dental, we are proud to offer some of the best periodontal care Massapequa has to offer. Also working with some of the most prominent periodontist Massapequa has in practice. Generally, periodontists receive up to three additional years of specialized treatment in periodontal disease treatment, both surgical and non-surgical. Our periodontists are also experts in dental implant surgery.
When do you need to see a periodontist?
Periodontists are dentists who are highly trained in the field of periodontal disease, and periodontal disease treatment. If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of periodontitis or periodontal disease, such as receding, swollen, reddish gums, falling/loose teeth, or any of the other symptoms listed above you should make an appointment to get checked out with Dr. Jay Ritter and Ritter Family Dental immediately. during your appointment, Dr. Ritter will carefully examine and analyze your teeth and gums and then make a determination as to whether you will need further periodontal care from a periodontist.
A Standard Periodontal Checkup
During yourinitial visit, the periodontist will generally review the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is of utmost importance for the periodontist to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can have an adverse effect on periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
The periodontist will then examine the gums, in order to see any evidence of gum line recession, he/she also assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and finally checks the health of the teeth to see if any may be loose. The periodontist will also use a small a probein order to measure the distance of the teeth and gums. The probe is placed between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets.This allows the periodontist to further assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line, as well as to create a more complete periodontal history.
If you are in need of periodontal care in Massapequa or nearby areas of Long Island, please be sure to contact Ritter Family Dental today and schedule your next appointment.