Cedarhurst Periodontist – Gum Disease Dentist – Dr. Alina Bergan
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The battle against periodontal disease can be difficult to encounter alone. At Alina Bergan, DDS, PC, we help you fight the condition at the source. Dr. Bergan offers many effective treatments for periodontal disease, proven to help minimize the pocket size of gums and eliminate the bacteria under the gum line. Since there are multiple forms of periodontitis, such as aggressive and chronic, a specialist may be needed. We are proud to have a board certified Cedarhurst periodontist to assist Dr. Bergan in the evaluation and treatment of patients who have more severe types of gum disease. Periodontal disease is a constant bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone surrounding the teeth. Left untreated, this can cause serious oral health problems including tooth loss and gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a type of periodontal disease in which the gums become red and swollen. This is often accompanied by bleeding gums during brushing and flossing. Luckily, gingivitis is reversible if proper oral health care is practiced at home and a periodontist is seen. If gingivitis is left untreated, the disease can progress to a more advanced stage called periodontitis. This happens when plaque is allowed to spread underneath the gumline, causing them to become inflamed. Over time the bone supporting the teeth starts to break down, forming pockets. Pockets are the space in between the teeth and gum which are easily infected due to its susceptibility to bacteria. As the bone continues to diminish, the possibility of losing one’s teeth increases greatly. Periodontitis has also been linked to other bodily issues like stroke and atherosclerosis. This is because of the increased inflammation in the body that initially started in the patient’s gums.