Gum Disease Treatment (Periodontal Care)
The most common dental problem, affecting up to 75% of the population, is the disease of what's holding in your teeth. This is often called 'gum disease', but this is a misleading name. The diseased or inflamed condition of just the gum tissue is really called gingivitis, but the more serious problem is the loss of the bone that holds in your teeth, and this condition is called periodontal disease. You can have perfect teeth, but still lose them if you do not diagnose & treat periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that forms in layers (called plaque) on your teeth. The way you take care of your teeth at home, by removing the plaque, has a lot to do with whether or not you get periodontal disease. The bacterial products, and substances your body produces trying to fight them, causes the loss of the bone and the surrounding gums that hold in your teeth. Once the bone is lost, you cannot get it back.
Periodontal disease is especially dangerous because you don't get a lot of signs or symptoms that there is a problem, and your teeth don't usually loosen from the loss of bone until the problem has become very advanced. Periodontal Disease has also been linked with other medical problems, such as increased risk of heart attack & stroke from heart disease. Like many medical conditions, early detection of periodontal disease is very important to prevent irreversible changes in your health.
Dr. Levy is extremely focused on making sure his patients are screened for periodontal disease, and patients are informed of any problems and how we can help treat them. We are also very happy to teach you what you can do to prevent periodontal disease, and help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Root Canals, or How to Prevent Losing an Infected Tooth
Root Canal is probably the most misunderstood procedure in dentistry. It has received an undeserved "bad rap", and has been the butt of jokes in the media, but root canal treatment helps you save teeth and is completely comfortable over 99% of the time. Dr. Levy has performed hundreds of root canals, and many patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep during the procedure!
When the inside of a tooth has become infected, the diseased nerve must be cleaned out, and the space disinfected and filled. This lets you keep your tooth, which stays exactly where it is; all of the work is done on the inside of the tooth. A root canal treated tooth will then almost always need a crown to protect it from breaking.
Dr. Levy will tell you if a tooth is worth saving (not all teeth are) with root canal treatment, which he often can complete in just one visit.