As specialists in treating gum-related conditions, the three board-certified periodontists here at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology can provide an exceptional level of care for gum disease. Our board certification is industry acknowledgment that we’re current on and qualified to perform all the latest therapies. We provide a comprehensive array of gum disease treatments and services, from periodontal maintenance to laser gum surgery, from routine to complex, right here in one Wantagh, NY office. These will help you keep your gums strong and healthy, providing a solid foundation for strong and healthy teeth.
Signs You Might Need Gum Disease Treatment
Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums
Persistent bad breath
Overly sensitive teeth
Does using a laser for gum disease treatment hurt?
Laser Gum Surgery for Gum Disease
If we need to remove a section of tissue affected by gum disease from your mouth, laser gum surgery makes the process more precise and less invasive than previously possible. Our CO2 laser has a very minimal absorption depth, so it doesn’t damage or compromise the underlying or surrounding tissue structures. The laser actually recognizes the difference between healthy and unhealthy tissue. This means that we’re able to preserve more healthy tissue. Laser gum surgery also generally has less bleeding and shorter healing times than traditional gum surgery. No scalpel is used!
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are generally adequate for most cases of gum disease. With scaling, we remove bacteria and signs of infection from underneath your gums. With root planing, we go deeper below your gums to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup from the roots of your teeth by smoothing them out, decreasing the likelihood of further bacterial growth.
Advanced gum disease typically requires advanced treatment that involves removing diseased parts of your gums that haven’t responded to lesser treatments. Known as osseous surgery, this procedure enables us to eliminate the specific diseased portions of your gums and, if necessary, your jawbone to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth. We then replace the missing tissue with grafts from the roof of your mouth or a donor source.
Once you’ve undergone osseous surgery or scaling and planing, we encourage you to maintain your gum health in part by following good brushing and flossing habits at home. The other important component is periodontal maintenance, which can be done during regular visits to our Wantagh, NY office. With periodontal maintenance, we do deep cleaning and perform any additional scaling and root planing you may need to keep your gum disease from causing further complications.
Our Patients Tell The Story Best
Laser Gum Surgery
"Gum disease threatened my smile, gum surgery saved my teeth!"
"Bleeding gums led me to Dr. Kim and my new smile"