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There are several types of periodontal diseases. All are started by a bacterial infection which attacks the gums, bone and ligaments that support the teeth and hold them in the jaw. Periodontal diseases are usually painless, and may develop slowly or progress quite rapidly. Unless you have regular dental checkups, you may not be aware you have a periodontal disease until your gums and bone have been so seriously damaged that tooth loss is inevitable.
We focus on the prevention and treatment of diseases that revolve around the tissues below and around your teeth. We can stop gum disease from progressing and treat any existing periodontal problems.
Periodontal treatment is essential for individuals with complicated gum problems, ie: gum disease, gum recessions or need dental implants.
A Periodontist will Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention of Gum Disease, place Dental Implants, Treat Gum Disease or Recessions, and preform Bone Grafts.
Here are some of the FAQ we’ve received from our patients. Have additional questions or concerns, call us: 203-883-4433
Plaque is a film that accumulates on the teeth and contains bacteria, bacterial by-products and food particles.
Calculus or tartar are the same thing. If plaque builds up on the teeth and is not removed every day, calcium in the saliva may be deposited into the plaque, creating a hard layer on the teeth, not unlike barnacles on the bottom of a ship. If that is not cleaned off by your dentist or hygienist, it encourages more plaque to form and leads to gum disease.
During a dental cleaning, your dentist targets these problem areas, removes any plaque or tartar using special cleaning tools, and leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean. The great thing about dental cleaning is that it helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay by removing more of the plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
Yes you need to floss because flossing cleans in between the teeth where even the best brushing cannot clean.
The frequency of professional cleanings depends on the individual. Everyone is different. Some people need more sleep than others to be properly rested, and cleanings are no different. People with good plaque control, daily brushing and flossing and high natural resistance can have cleanings twice a year and still maintain optimal dental health. People with less effective plaque control at home and lower natural resistance need cleanings three or four times a year.
Unfortunately, dental insurance is not designed for optimal health for each person. Two cleanings a year is the insurance minimum. If you need to have four cleanings a year to maintain optimal health, you need to do what is best for you, not the insurance company. To put it into perspective, based on the cost of a typical periodontal cleaning visit, the two extra visits per year will cost less than two cokes or one Cafe Mocha Latte a week.
If you don’t stop the gum problems, it is likely that you will lose teeth. However, gum disease can be successfully treated and controlled with modern state-of-the-art periodontal care as long as you catch it soon enough. Do not wait till it gets so bad that it is too late.
Everything, to some extent, is hereditary including gum problems. But your parents probably didn’t get the best dental care either. Today much more can be done than years ago, so even if you inherited low resistance, you can have healthy gums.
Hormonal changes affect all of the body, including the reaction of our gums to the germs in plaque. In other words, the plaque causes gum problems. The hormonal changes lower the body’s resistance to plaque. Extra flossing and brushing should stop bleeding gums during menstrual cycles and pregnancy.
The best type of brush to use is a soft brush with round ended bristles in the case of a manual brush. Electric brushes are good too, such as the Rotadent. To learn more visit our recommended products for patients.
Today, the most effective toothpastes and mouth washes to fight periodontal disease are the ones that contain chlorine dioxide. There are several brands, most of which have been developed by a dentist and dispensed directly from dentist offices. They are designed to neutralize and break up the volatile sulfur compounds that are made by bacteria to break down the gum tissue. To learn more visit our recommended products for patients.
Listerine can kill some germs but not the germs that cause periodontal disease, so it is not an effective treatment for gum disease. To learn more visit our recommended products for patients.
In the short run, especially for acute gum infections with abscess or pus, you can take antibiotics, but in the long run, antibiotics are not the solution. Effective brushing, flossing and, most importantly, regular dental care is the best answer.
Gum disease rarely hurts. In fact, sometimes the only sign of gum disease is when a patient notices a tooth has become loose or a bad taste develops in their mouth. At that point, it may be too late to save the tooth. Regular cleanings and check-ups are the key to discover these problems before they get too bad.
Most bad breath is caused by bacteria and bacterial by-products in the mouth. Gum disease is a major cause of bad breath.
No, that is not normal. Bleeding gums are a sign of infection. Start brushing and flossing and seek professional care.
As a periodontist, Dr. Neichen’s primary focus, is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease as well as cosmetic procedures for people who want to improve their smiles. He’s trained in all of the newest tooth-saving techniques such as gentle laser treatment, bone grafting and Gore-Tex. If you have advanced gum disease or receding gums that you feel are unattractive, you can’t find better care than from Dr. Neichin.
Dr. Randy Neichen has been helping make healthy and attractive smiles as the periodontal specialist at Dental Care of Stamford for over 30 years now.
Finding the right dentist can be a challenge. Among other things, you want a dental expert who has extensive experience in their specialty, who will listen to you and will help you choose the right procedure. Dental Care Stamford prides itself on doing all of this and more. We strive to be the best dental experience you’ll ever have.
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