Prevention and Maintenance
Regular Dental Check-ups
Regular dental check-ups are vital in the early detection and management of periodontal disease. Our team conducts thorough examinations, including periodontal assessments, to monitor your gum health and promptly address emerging issues.
Effective Oral Hygiene Practices
Practicing proper oral hygiene at home is the foundation of periodontal health. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and incorporating antimicrobial rinses when recommended. Our team provides personalized guidance to ensure you are using the most effective techniques for your unique needs.
Smoking is a significant risk factor for gum disease. Quitting smoking not only benefits your overall health but also plays a crucial role in preventing and managing gum disease. We offer support and resources to help you on your path to a smoke-free life.
Our Periodontal Therapy Process
Initial Assessment and Diagnosis
The journey to healthy gums begins with a thorough assessment. After a comprehensive examination and diagnostic imaging, we’ll develop a detailed understanding of your unique gum needs. This forms the foundation for crafting a tailored treatment plan.
Tailored Treatment Plans
No two cases of periodontal disease are alike. Based on the assessment, we’ll create a customized treatment plan designed to address your specific condition. This plan may include a combination of non-surgical and surgical interventions to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Non-Surgical Interventions (Scaling and Root Planing)
For mild to moderate cases of periodontal disease, non-surgical interventions are often the first line of treatment. Scaling and root planing involve the meticulous removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and root surfaces. This process promotes the healing of gum tissue and prevents further progression of the disease.
Surgical Procedures (If Required)
In cases of more advanced gum disease, surgical interventions may be necessary. These procedures aim to address deep-seated infection, repair damaged tissues, and restore gum health. Our team is experienced in a range of surgical techniques, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care.
Post-Treatment Care and Maintenance
Following gum therapy, diligent post-treatment care is essential. We guide proper oral hygiene practices and schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress. This ongoing support is integral in maintaining the results of your treatment.
Advanced Treatment Options
In addition to traditional periodontal therapies, we may recommend advanced treatment options for complex cases or those seeking cutting-edge solutions:
- Laser Therapy: Utilizing state-of-the-art laser technology, we can target and remove infected tissue while minimizing discomfort and promoting faster healing.
- Gum Grafting: This procedure involves transplanting healthy gum tissue to areas with recession, restoring both aesthetics and function.
- Bone Regeneration: In cases of significant bone loss, we employ techniques to stimulate bone regrowth, providing a stable foundation for your teeth.
- Dental Implants as a Restorative Solution: When tooth loss has occurred, dental implants offer a durable and natural-looking replacement option.
Frequently Asked Questions
▼Who is at risk for periodontal disease?
While periodontal disease can impact every patient who doesn’t maintain good oral hygiene, some patients may be more susceptible to infection. Some factors that contribute to a heightened risk of gum disease include:
- Medications that reduce saliva production
- Diabetes and other medical conditions
- Smoking or oral tobacco use
- Severe stress
- Conditions that compromise immune systems (i.e. AIDS and cancer)
▼How do I prevent periodontal disease?
Avoiding the development of gum disease can be as simple as maintaining good oral hygiene. Some other ways to protect your smile from periodontal disease include:
- Avoid tobacco products
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Treat teeth grinding
- Rinse between meals with a mouthwash
- Monitor your gum health
We also encourage patients to visit our Ithaca dentist once every six months for routine dental exams and cleanings.
▼Can you reverse periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can be reversed at its early stages. Anything past gingivitis may require special care to treat, but effects typically can’t be completely reversed. Visit our Ithaca dental office at the first signs of gum disease to protect your oral health from further harm.
▼What if I don’t seek treatment for periodontal disease?
If left untreated, periodontal disease can worsen and result in painful oral health complications. The infection may eventually enter your bloodstream, putting you at risk for arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer.
At Ambis Dental, our knowledgeable team will provide treatment best suited for your needs to prevent gum disease progression. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ambis to learn more about our dedication to your health and safety.
Ready for Lasting Gum Health? Schedule Now!
For those seeking comprehensive periodontal care and a commitment to lasting gum health, Ambis Dental in Ithaca, NY is here to serve you and patients all around Lansing, South Hill, and the surrounding Cayuga Lake area. Don't wait to take control of your oral well-being. Schedule an appointment today by calling 607-272-1874. Our dedicated team, led by Dr. Ambis, is ready to provide you with personalized, expert care that prioritizes your gum health and overall oral wellness. Call now and embark on the path to a healthier, more vibrant smile.