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Maintaining Healthy Gums

Healthy gums is the foundation of maintaining a healthy smile.  Dr. Weinstein and his team specialize specifically in the health of your gums so that you can keep your smile for life.

Dr. Weinstein offers a variety of current non-surgical and surgical methods of treating periodontal disease.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Your periodontal tissue and gums are the foundation for a healthy, natural smile.   Healthy gums and underlying jaw bone support the roots of the teeth, and provide an anchor to ensure that teeth are stable.

Inflamed gums are the first sign of gingivitis.  The inflammation is the result of plaque and calculus build up, which attracts bacteria.  Eventually gingivitis can progress to the bone beneath the soft gum tissue.  This condition is called periodontitis.  Periodontitis, if left untreated, makes the teeth mobile, and ultimately fall out.

The plaque that causes gum disease can be removed with regular oral hygiene and dental cleanings.  However, some patients are more susceptible to build up of plaque and calculus.  Or in some cases patients have poor oral hygiene frequency and techniques that results in either gingivitis or periodontitis.

Why is Treating Gum Disease Important?

In addition to affecting the health and longevity of your smile, many studies have shown that the chronic state of inflammation from gingivitis is linked to a series of other health conditions.  Heart disease, stroke, and even low birth weight babies have been linked to inflammation.

Treating Gum Disease

Scaling and Root Planing

The most common treatment, scaling and root planning enables our hygienists to complete a thorough cleaning of the plaque and calculus that causes periodontal disease. Scaling and root planning removes your bacterial plaque and the toxins they produce. It eliminates the infection and irritation you are feeling in your gums and keeps the tooth bones intact, which gives you a fresh and healthy smile.

Direct Delivery Antibiotics

In addition to scaling and root planning, we may place antibiotics that prevent bacteria growth and help promote healthy gum tissue.

Surgical Treatment

In some cases, where periodontitis has effected the surrounding bone, surgical treatment may be required to maintain your smile.

Maintaining a Healthy Mouth

Because patients with gingivitis and periodontitis are often more susceptible to plaque and calculus build up, after we’ve stabilized the disease, we help you design an ongoing maintenance schedule to fit your needs and keep you infection-free.

Our Approach to Treatment

Our team offers patients a judgement free approach in which we partner with patients and referring dentists to restore your oral health.  Once we achieve optimal health we continue our partnership to insure that we maintain optimal health.