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, 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:
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.
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.
Our advanced technology can enhance diagnostic accuracy and treatment precision – leading to better patient outcomes, reduced discomfort, and better communication.
We aim to foster trust with you as our patient, which enables you to actively participate in your overall dental health journey.
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Unfortunately we do not accept Medicaid, Healthplex, HMO, DMO and some other dental insurances.