Gum Treatment

If your gums (i.e. – periodontal area) are swollen and tender or bleed easily when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause for gum disease.

You can actively prevent disease and decay through regular home care, regular dental exams and professional cleanings. At Plainview Dental we use a comprehensive method called Perio Protect® that is customized for individual patients to help manage biofilms – communities of bacteria – growing in the spaces or pockets between teeth and gum tissue. The overall goal of the Perio Protect Method™ is to manage oral biofilm with minimally invasive dentistry for lasting oral health. This will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Periodontal Treatment

The word “periodontal” literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal (Gum) Disease is an ongoing infection in the pockets around the teeth. The deeper the pockets, the more infection you have. In fact, this is the major cause of tooth loss.

There are also numerous studies now that link Periodontal Disease to Heart Disease and other medical problems such as additional complications with Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer. Gum disease has also been linked to low birth-weight in newborns. As this video clip shows, (youtube, high volume) periodontal disease increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and infective endocarditis.

The purpose of Periodontal (Gum) Treatment is to remove this infection and give these pockets a chance to heal. Early detection is key; there are generally two non-surgical treatments (scaling and root plaining) to treat this condition depending on the severity of your infection. Please read on for more information about these two treatments.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are non-surgical procedures performed to remove periodontal infection from below the gum line. Scaling and planing effectively remove periodontal infections where the pockets around your gums are not too deep. The surfaces of the tooth root are cleaned and smoothed and this removes the bacteria under the gums and makes it more difficult for bacteria to grow under the gums in the future. It may also involve washing the root surfaces of the teeth with an antibacterial and/or desensitizing solution (called irrigation or desensitization). A locally administered antibiotic (LAA) — for example Arrestin or Atridox — may also be applied to pockets that are found to need additional therapy. The benefit of applying a local agent in these areas is to enhance the other periodontal procedures that have been performed and further reduce pocket depths associated with your periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing are done under local anesthesia and are quite different from routine dental cleaning or ‘deep cleaning.’

More Services

Snap-On Smile® is an affordable, revolutionary appliance for restorative and cosmetic dentistry that transforms lives as it transforms smiles in just two short visits. It is easily removable, noninvasive, pain-free, and requires no prepping, no injections, no adhesives and snaps right over a patient’s natural teeth.

Hi-Tech Dentistry

Discover what new technology can do for you and your smile. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality dental care. This is an exciting time in dentistry and we use the latest equipment to provide you state-of-the art modern dentistry.

One-Hour Power Bleaching (whitening)/ High speed curing

When replacing your old silver fillings with natural tooth colored ones we use a new method. We have a number of whitening techniques that are available to whiten your teeth but our in-office tooth whitening can be done in just one visit.

Digital Charting

Preventive care is key and we can treat gum disease at an early stage.

Intra-Oral Camera

Look inside your mouth and see what the dentist is seeing. Helps you make informed decisions because you are fully educated.

Cavity detection systems

One of our primary objectives is to help you achieve the best oral health through early detection.

Our Office Hours
Monday11:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
FridayClosed
SaturdayClosed

For urgent dental emergencies outside of normal hours please use the Emergency Number supplied by our answering service at (516) 986-2345.

Plainview Dental PLLC · 1670 Old Country Road · Plainview, NY 11803-5020
Tel: (516) 986-2345 Fax: (516) 753-1778 · Email: plainviewdental@safedentalmail.com
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