Am I a Candidate for Periodontics?
William Schlesinger, DDS in the Upper East Side, NY offers periodontics, which is an area of dentistry that focuses on gum health, and gum treatment meant to address the issue of gum disease. Many of our patients overlook the need for gum care, but Dr. Schlesinger is a periodontist who wants our patients to ask themselves if they are a candidate for periodontics.
Why? Sadly, gum disease leads to a host of issues, and spreads to other areas of the mouth, and is suspected of migrating elsewhere in the body, relating to the development of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, inflammation and more. As your dentist in the Upper East Side, Dr. Schlesinger ensures that all patients have the healthiest teeth and gums possible.
So, what would make someone a candidate for periodontics? Generally, a patient who comes in for regular cleanings and checkups will always be examined for any signs or symptoms of gum disease. However, if you have let a few cleanings or exams slip past you, and you notice that your gums are bleeding, discolored or sensitive, you could be a candidate for periodontics. Also, if you have realized that you are suffering long bouts of bad breath, no matter how much you brush or use mouthwash, that your teeth are more sensitive than normal, and that you have pain when you chew, it is also indicative that you are a candidate for periodontics.
What would this treatment involve? It is never a “one size fits all” issue, and you may be treated with an antibiotic regimen, undergo gum grafting, a frenectomy, crown lengthening or even a surgical treatment. Typically, periodontics begins with in-depth cleaning like scaling and root planing meant to remove the infected materials and bacteria, and treat it with the proper compounds. If there is more damage or risk, we will then work out a plan for the ideal periodontics needed to restore your gums and teeth to full health.
The goal is to restore your gums to their healthiest and most functional condition, and protect the health of your teeth. After all, if ignored, the need for periodontics can result in the loss of adult teeth, which reduces your overall health too.
Contact Us For Periodontal Treatment
If you are worried whether you are a candidate for periodontics, or have concerns about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Upper East Side, NY office at 212-517-4660. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.