Periodontics Specialist

Island Smile Dental Group

General Dentists located in Levittown, NY

Periodontal (gum) disease is among the most widespread dental problems in the United States. Just under 65 million Americans aged 30 and older receive treatment for it each year. That’s 50% of all adults. Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, has trained in periodontics, the branch of dentistry that treats gum disease and other problems related to the support structures of your teeth. She treats gum disease and offers dental implants at Island Smile Dental Group in Levittown, New York. Call today to make an appointment or inquire through this website.

Periodontics Q&A



What is periodontics?

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that works to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal diseases. It also involves taking care of teeth support structures, including dental implant placement.

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, attacks the soft tissue around the teeth. Left untreated, it can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.

Dr. Mekawy has worked in periodontics for years. She’s trained to spot the early signs of gum disease and take preventive measures before it gets worse.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

The symptoms of periodontal disease aren’t always apparent to the untrained eye, but the signs you can look for include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Redness in the gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Bad breath
  • Abscesses
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums 

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Mekawy so that she can take a closer look.

What treatments does periodontics cover?

The field of periodontics covers a range of services, from preventive and diagnostic treatments to cosmetic enhancements, including:

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It’s a titanium screw that Dr. Mekawy places into the jawbone so that she can attach a natural-looking crown to replace a real tooth. The restoration will blend in with your remaining natural teeth.

Periodontal laser treatment

Periodontal laser treatment is an innovative way to remove diseased gum tissue with less gum shrinkage and discomfort than traditional methods.

Crown-lengthening surgery

Crown-lengthening surgery exposes the part of the tooth that’s hidden beneath gum and bone structure. This can be for practical reasons, like securing a new crown, or for cosmetic reasons, like making a smile look less gummy.

Periodontal plastic surgery

Periodontal plastic surgery involves reshaping the gum tissue to appear more pleasing to the eye.

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing are deep-cleaning techniques. They’re preventive forms of dentistry, designed to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum tissue.

Gum grafting

Gum grafting involves replacing areas of lost gum tissue with healthy tissue to protect the tooth roots.

During your semi-annual dental checkup, Dr. Mekawy checks for potential periodontic problems. These twice-a-year checks are an essential part of dental care. If you can’t remember when you last had yours, call the practice today or use the online request form to schedule one and take control of your oral health.