Dr. Nicholas Toscano, a board certified periodontist, received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. He went on to receive his D.D.S from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine in New York, NY. During a subsequent 13 year tour with the United States Navy, he completed a General Practice Residency at the prestigious National Naval Medical Center (“The President’s Hospital”) in Bethesda, MD. During his 13 years in the United States Navy he served his country honorable receiving 2 Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medals, 3 Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal. He received one of his Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal for definitive life saving treatment of a patient.
He received his Periodontal Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, MD and MS degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a diplomate and fellow of the International Congress of Implantologists.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease can be very destructive in the mouth. If it is allowed to progress, it can even result in the loss of teeth and bone. So it is very important to prevent gum disease or to have it treated as quickly as possible if it has already occurred.
If you should notice that your gums look red and swollen, are tender and bleed easily, you need to make an appointment with our periodontist or dentist for treatment of gum disease. If it is caught in the early stages, gum disease can be treated effectively with the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gumline.
Lasers are sometimes used as well for this type of treatment. But once gum disease has had a chance to progress, periodontic treatments will have to be more aggressive to arrest the disease.
There are surgical procedures that our dentist in Canarsie Family Dentistry can perform if periodontal disease is more advanced. A pocket reduction can be performed when bone and tissue have been destroyed and pockets form.
Our Canarsie Family Dentistry periodontist will remove the bacteria by turning the gums back, and then sutures will secure the gum tissue in place.
Gum disease increases the chance of heart disease, stroke, prostatitis and many other diseases. To prevent all of these, make regular checkup appointments with our Canarsie Family Dentistry periodontist.
If periodontal disease has progressed to the point where teeth are lost, there are methods that can be used to restore those lost teeth. Dental implants are effective when a single tooth is gone. The implant will anchor into the gum and replace the missing tooth. Implants are very secure and durable, functioning in the same way that a natural tooth would. If gum disease was severe enough to cause the destruction of several teeth, then a partial fixed bridge will be put in place, attaching to crowns that will be applied to the teeth on either side of where the missing teeth were located.
Our periodontist at Canarsie Family Dentistry has various ways to help you with periodontic treatments. Once your gums have been restored to a healthy condition, continued visits to the dental office will help to stabilize that condition and maintain strong, healthy teeth as well.
If you are experiencing any signs of gum disease, don’t wait for it to get better by itself. Contact our periodontist in Canarsie Family Dentistry to receive treatment as soon as possible.