How Do Periodontists Treat Periodontal Disease?

Closeup of happy woman embracing boyfriend outdoorsIf you’ve been told that you have periodontal disease, treatment planning should start immediately. By acting quickly and diligently, periodontal disease can be reversed, restoring your dental health and protecting your overall health, as advanced stages of periodontal disease increase patients’ risk for heart disease and stroke. If a general dentist diagnosed you with periodontal disease, make plans to see periodontist Dr. Kissel in his New York City office so he can treat your periodontal disease appropriately.

The Uniqueness of Seeing Dr. Kissel

Dr. Kissel is one of the top-rated periodontists in the United States and is trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. He’s ready to help you overcome your periodontal disease and get you back to the healthy mouth you once knew. In fact, his practice owns state-of-the-art technology including the Periscope that better treats periodontitis by using advanced video, lighting, and magnification technology to do exactly that.

Continue reading to learn more about periodontal disease and how Dr. Kissel’s New York City periodontal practice is especially equipped to treat the disease in the least invasive manner possible.

Periodontal Disease 101

Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures around the teeth. This includes the gums, ligaments, and bone. Periodontal disease has varying stages, the earliest of which is gingivitis. Gingivitis is a condition that affects the gums of thousands of New York City men and women and leads to chronic bad breath. As periodontal disease progresses, periodontitis occurs. At this stage, men and women risk gum recession, jaw bone loss, and tooth loss.

Primarily, periodontal disease is caused by bacteria and plaque that collects around the teeth and along the gumline. Once infection sets in, it’s not just your oral health Dr. Kissel is concerned about, but your overall health can be affected as well. This is why proper oral hygiene is so important and encouraged by all medical professionals.

Treatment Options For Periodontal Disease  

  • Scaling and Root Planning

Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment option for most cases of periodontal disease. This treatment method deep cleans the tooth root surfaces to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria – the main culprits of periodontal disease. For many patients, Dr. Kissel is able to effectively reverse this dental condition by simply performing scaling and root planning using the Perioscope.

  • The Periscope

This non-surgical treatment used by only the most cutting edge periodontists like Dr. Kissel has advanced lighting, video, and magnification so Dr. Kissel can see below your gum lines better than ever before. By having such enhanced images available of your tooth roots, he’s able to better remove tartar in a minimally invasive procedure, often eliminating the need for surgery. Traditional techniques leave behind 15-30 % of the tartar, which results in a suboptimal healing.  The Perioscope allows for direct visualization of your tooth root on a TV monitor, so more efficient removal of tartar is now possible.  This significantly increases the likelyhood of achieving health and avoiding surgery.

  • Laser Treatment

For his patients with severe periodontal disease, Dr. Kissel may choose to use the LANAP® Laser Treatment to encourage the reattachment of gum tissue to the tooth, combined with the Perioscope to remove tartar. This combination of technology leads in extraordinary results. This combination of tecnology is unique to our practice.  Dr. Kissel proudly offers his New York City patients with top of the line technology, and he is one of the first periodontists in the area to use this specialized treatment.

  • Gum Grafting

While Dr. Kissel uses new technologies to prevent the need for surgery, in some cases, surgery is still the best option. If you have gum recession that has progressed to the point that your tooth roots are exposed, Dr. Kissel will perform a gum graft surgery using the most minimally invasive microsurgical techniques to repair your gums and restore them to their natural position on your tooth.

Periodontist Dr. Kissel Can Restore Your Mouth’s Health and Your Smile, Too

Don’t let periodontal disease ruin your smile, or progress to the point where it affects your overall health. If you have periodontal disease, call Dr. Kissel in New York City at (212) 702-9088 so you can get back to flashing your pearly whites and having a healthy mouth and body.