Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for most adults – nearly 80% of adults have some form of periodontal disease. It results when plaque builds up below the gum line, releasing toxins that eat away gum and bone tissue. Dr. Peiser specializes in periodontal therapy and offers solutions to help you keep the disease under control.
In the Media
There’s been a buzz around periodontal disease lately. Recent studies have found a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, stroke, and pregnancy complications. In fact, studies show that patients with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease or diabetes. Your mouth truly is a gateway to your overall health – we can help you discover the path to restored oral and overall health.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
When plaque hardens and collects under the gum line, it irritates the soft tissues and causes swelling, bleeding, and mouth odor. A deep cleaning removes the plaque from below the gum line so the tissues can heal and reattach to the tooth surfaces. Your hygienist will first numb the area using Novocain and then comfortably remove plaque, plane the tooth surfaces, and remove any inflamed tissue. We recommend these visits are followed by 3 to 4 month recall visits to prevent plaque re-accumulation. Many times these cleaning visits will be shared between our office and a general dentist’s office.
Surgical Periodontal Therapy (Pocket Reduction)
When pockets are too deep to be predictably reached, Dr. Peiser can perform pocket reduction surgery. This procedure will help ensure that plaque and bacteria are not remaining under the gum tissue, causing the supporting bone structure to deteriorate. Pocket reduction surgery is best done preventively to foster long-term periodontal health, rather than reactively, when teeth are in jeopardy of being lost.
Because gum disease is a chronic infection, antibiotics can help lower inflammation and promote faster healing. At East Side Periodontics, we use Arestin antibiotic therapy, which is a microsphere solution that continues to fight bacteria for up to 10 days after placement. Learn more about Arestin here.
Happily Accepting New Patients
From consultation and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care, Dr. Peiser and the team at East Side Periodontics provide the specialized dentistry you need. Contact us to schedule your consultation or second opinion visit. Our Providence, Rhode Island periodontal practice is convenient to many surrounding communities, including Pawtucket, Cranston, Barrington, Fall River, Dartmouth, and South Attleboro, Massachusetts.