Kate Brayman DDS

Periodontal Surgery & Gum Disease Treatment on Long Island

Periodontal Gum Surgery on Long Island NY

Dr. Kate Brayman performs periodontal surgery when gum disease has spread to encompass teeth and the underlying bone that anchors them. Contact her practice, Kate Brayman DDS in Woodbury, Long Island, to schedule an appointment. She can provide gum disease treatment before it progresses and introduces you to laser periodontal gum surgery, which makes your treatment a comfortable experience.

Gum Disease Treatment Long Island


What causes gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when gums have a bacterial infection. If the infection goes untreated, it damages the gum tissue and destroys the fibers and bones that hold teeth in your mouth. As a result, gum disease can lead to the loss of teeth.

Periodontal disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. The mouth is normally full of bacteria, which mix with sugar and starch to form a plaque that sticks to your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed, it turns into a hard substance called tartar. When plaque and tartar aren’t removed, bacteria have plenty of time to cause inflammation and infection.

Symptoms indicating you may have gum disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing

What dental problems are treated with periodontal surgery?

Periodontal Surgery In Woodbury, Long Island New York

Early intervention is key in avoiding gum inflammation – otherwise known as gingivitis. Unfortunately, without treatment, gingivitis progresses into periodontitis. Periodontitis causes bacteria and toxins to enter the bone surrounding teeth due to deeper pockets of inflammation below the gum line. Routine dental cleaning can help treat the condition, or a dentist may prescribe antibiotics to eliminate any infection.

When periodontitis is advanced, more intense treatments such as periodontal or osseous surgery may be necessary to ensure the tooth and surrounding structures are preserved. Scaling and root planing can provide effective nonsurgical treatment in less severe cases, eliminating all plaque and tartar present on a tooth’s surface and roots.

If you are a resident of Woodbury, Syosset, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Melville, or Plainview, please don’t hesitate to contact us to inquire about this dental procedure.

What types of periodontal surgery are performed?

Dr. Brayman has extensive experience performing different types of traditional periodontal surgery. Some periodontal surgery or osseous surgery is done in healthy gums, such as a gingivectomy to remove excess gum tissue, and a gingivoplasty to reshape gums.

One of the most common procedures for treating periodontitis is called flap surgery. During this procedure, the gum tissue is temporarily folded away from teeth to allow plaque, tartar, bacteria, and damaged tissue to be cleaned away. A bone graft may also be performed to regenerate and strengthen the damaged bone.

Laser periodontal surgery or laser dentistry has become so advanced that traditional methods often aren’t necessary. Laser dentistry accomplishes the same goals — removing inflamed and damaged tissue — but it’s a more comfortable dental experience. Dr. Brayman recommends laser periodontal surgery for patients with dental anxiety.

Periodontal Surgery & Gum Disease Treatment FAQ's

The cost of periodontal disease treatment on Long Island varies and depends on the extent of the gum disease, the specific treatment required, and whether you have dental insurance. Periodontal treatments may include scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery, and ongoing maintenance. Consult with your dentist or periodontist for a personalized treatment plan and cost estimate based on your specific needs. Dental insurance may also cover a portion of the costs. Check your coverage with your dental provider.

Once gum tissue has receded due to periodontitis, it typically does not grow back on its own. However, there are treatments available that can help slow down or stop the progression of gum recession and improve the health of your gums. These treatments include scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar, periodontal surgery to repair damaged tissue, and gum grafting to cover exposed root surfaces.

Address periodontitis promptly to prevent further receding gums and potential tooth loss. Regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene practices, and following your dentist’s recommendations for gum disease management help maintain gum health and prevent additional recession. Consulting with a periodontist for specialized care may also be necessary in severe cases of gum disease.

Periodontal gum surgery can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. Discuss the expected duration of your specific periodontal surgery with your periodontist or oral surgeon before the procedure. They can provide you with a more accurate estimate based on your case.

Pain experienced during periodontal disease gum surgery can vary depending on your pain tolerance, the specific procedure, and the level of anesthesia or sedation used. Patients can expect some discomfort after periodontal surgery, which is managed with pain medication prescribed by the periodontist or oral surgeon. Post-operative experiences may include:

  • Discomfort: Patients may experience mild to moderate discomfort.
  • Swelling: Some post-surgery swelling is typical.
  • Bleeding: Minor bleeding may occur but should resolve.
  • Sensitivity: Teeth and gums in the treated area can be sensitive.

The need for periodontal surgery depends on the severity of your gum disease and your dentist’s recommendation. Surgery may be required when non-surgical treatments like scaling and root planing are ineffective in treating advanced gum disease or when deep gum pockets are present and cannot be cleaned through regular dental care. In cases of significant bone loss around teeth due to gum disease or tooth mobility issues, it may be needed. Consult with Dr. Brayman for a personalized evaluation about whether you need periodontal surgery on Long Island.

Have a comprehensive discussion with Dr. Kate Brayman in Long Island to weigh the benefits, and risks associated with periodontal surgery and make an informed decision regarding your oral health. Periodontal surgery is effective in treating gum disease but all surgery has risks that should be considered.

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