What is Gum Disease?
At Lenny Slepchik D.D.S, we know that if gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to very serious health problems. Periodontal disease is an indication of many serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, premature births, low birth weight and more.
Symptoms of periodontal disease
In the beginning stages, some people are unaware that they have periodontal disease. This is because there are usually no symptoms such as pain to indicate that they have it. Gum disease varies from minor in its early stages to severe when diagnosed late.
Early periodontal disease can be controlled if treated properly and followed up with frequent maintenance visits, so that the bacteria causing disease is eliminated from under the gum line periodically. Severe periodontal disease can also be treated but is much less predictable and may cause tooth loss; eventually you may possibly need tooth replacement.
What is Root planing?
Root planing is a deep scaling treatment removing plaque and tartar from under the gum line using an anesthetic to make sure you are comfortable. Usually, it takes from 3 to 5 visits, and during each appointment, the deep cleaning is done for one quarter of the mouth. You may elect to do 1 complete side of the mouth at a time in 1 appointment. This means you will be here for 2 hours; one hour of time is needed for 1/4 of the mouth. This allows your hygienist to take her time and go at a slower pace so that you are comfortable. If you need a break during your appointment, please tell us.
This treatment is the easiest and simplest approach to control periodontal disease. It is a non surgical procedure that will prevent more aggressive treatment in the future, while helping you maintain your dental health. This treatment, along with a 3 month dental cleaning, will keep the levels of the disease causing bacteria under control . This prevents further harm to your gum tissue and of the supporting bone area. We have seen excellent results in many of our patients. It is also highly possible to avoid more complicated and costly surgical procedures.
periodontal Treatment With Dr. Lenny Slepchik
Your hygienist may use a local freezing of the gum tissue which works well for 95% of the patients, allowing them to return to their regular activities with no numbness after their appointment . In some cases, when the patient is overly sensitive or just extremely anxious, Dr. Slepchik will use the gentle automated freezing Dental Vibe with the Wand system to freeze completely the whole area. No matter the freezing system that is most convenient, the patient can return to normal activities immediately after the appointment.
Root planing is the easiest and simplest approach to control periodontal disease. It is a non surgical procedure that will prevent more aggressive treatment in the future and help you maintain your dental health. This and a 3 month dental cleaning program will keep the levels of the disease causing bacteria under control . This prevents further harm to your gum tissue and of the supporting bone area. We have seen excellent results in many of our patients, also allowing them to avoid more complicated surgical procedures.
Lenny Slepchik D.D.S Testimonial
Said to a new patient coming from a long time patient leaving our office after his appointment ~ “You are very lucky to have found this dental office. I have been a patient of Dr. Slepchik for 35 years and have only wonderful things to say.” ~ F. L.
Gum Disease Treatment Before & After