Periodontal Therapy

Westbury Dental Spa is a locally owned dental practice offering comprehensive dentistry in a modern and friendly environment. We always focus on gentle care using industry leading technology. We’re open Monday – Saturday, direct bill most insurance plans, and always warmly welcome new patients!

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Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, affects about 30% of the adult population and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Many denture cases begin because of this chronic condition. While not curable, with regular professional hygiene appointments and consistent home care, it is controllable.

Gum disease can advance with few signs or symptoms. Many patients diagnosed with this condition experience no pain and are surprised by the quiet yet swift damage that periodontal disease leaves in its wake. In simple terms, look at your gums and bone around your teeth like the foundation of a house. Just like a house, the foundation must be sound regardless of the beauty of the home. When the foundation crumbles, the rest of it does too.

Regular dental exams, professional cleanings, and good home care practices are essential to detecting and strategically managing periodontitis.

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Why choose us?

Insurance + Fees

Our treatments are priced competitively and many of our services are covered by dental insurance. Please call for details.

Convenient Hours

We’re open evenings and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule.

Gentle Care

We invest in advanced technology and do everything we can to ensure your comfort.

Family Dentistry

We’re focused on providing a full range of high quality dentistry for the whole family.

Emergency Visits

We make every effort to schedule dental emergencies on the same or next day!

Well Reviewed Team

We have a 4.8 star average rating on Google across over 150 reviews!

Modern Office

Our state-of-the-art dental office is modern and comforting. We also have industry leading equipment to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible.

Accepting New Patients

We’re warmly welcoming new patients at our practice. Give us a call or request an appointment online!

Meet Dr. Farhana Oza-Chughtai

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Dr. Oza-Chughtai is local to the South Shore. Born in Queens, NY and raised in North Valley Stream. She obtained her B.A from St. John’s University. Dr. Oza-Chughtai received her D.D.S degree from New York University College of Dentistry in 2015. She completed a one year General Practice Residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Her residency program helped her strengthen her knowledge and skills in Endodontics (root canal therapy), crown & bridge, pediatric dentistry and restorative dentistry.

New Patient Visit – How it Works

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Call or Request Online

The first step to better oral health is booking a new patient visit. Give us a call or request an appointment online.

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Initial Visit

During your first visit we will take some digital X-Rays and see what’s going on inside of your mouth. Then, we’ll learn about your oral health goals and come up with a treatment plan.

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Your Mouth, Your Decisions

Once we have shared our recommendations, we want you make the best decisions for yourself. We will never be pushy or recommend treatments that you do not need.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Our mouths provide a home to millions of bacteria, both beneficial and harmful. Bacterial waste forms a sticky substance, called plaque, which adheres to the teeth. Brushing and flossing remove plaque before it mineralizes into tartar. Tartar becomes a colony for more bacteria releasing toxins into the gums.

Thanks to your immune system, gums react to this bacterial invasion with an inflammatory response. Around the base of each tooth, there is a collar of gum tissue that forms a small pocket. This warm, dark environment provides a perfect habitat for tartar and bacteria to infiltrate.

Early inflammation results in bleeding gums, known as gingivitis. Bacteria left untreated and undisturbed create a chronic infection in the periodontal pocket. In many cases, the bone begins to deteriorate around the teeth. While gums may be slightly tender at this stage, there’s generally minimal discomfort as the bone begins to erode.

More than 50% of the bone around your teeth can disappear before you notice any signs of looseness or pain. The bone around teeth never regenerates, so this loss becomes permanent and harder to control as the bacteria hide deeper in the gums. In advanced cases, untreated gum disease leads to abscesses and generalized tooth loss.

Diagnosis

There are several factors we take into account before we make a gum disease diagnosis. The small collar of gum, or pocket, around each tooth is usually 2-3 millimeters deep, a space that is easily cleaned by floss or toothpicks. Dr. Farhana Oza-Chughtai or our hygiene team can measure and chart these areas using a small measuring device called a periodontal probe. If these measurements are more than 3 millimeters and bleed upon probing, then periodontal disease is present.

The dentist will also evaluate the texture and shape of your gums and detect any movement in each tooth. It’s also vital to examine the levels, shape, and density of the bone around your teeth on digital x-rays. By collecting this data, a clear picture forms about your gum condition.

Treatment

After establishing a diagnosis that defines the severity of your gum disease, we can develop a personalized treatment plan. In milder forms with little or no bone loss, one or two visits with our hygiene team may bring the condition under control. When you leave our office with a strategy for daily home care and an established professional maintenance schedule, little additional treatment may be needed.

If the inflammation has advanced and measurable bone loss is evident, a proactive approach to stop further deterioration should be strongly considered. Often, we will suggest gentle numbing of your gums and root planing or scaling. Over a few visits, a portion of your mouth at a time will be deep cleaned. The infected pocket around each tooth, including the mineralized tartar, must be carefully cleaned out with both hand and ultrasonic instruments. Polishing the teeth to create smooth surfaces that help repel stain and plaque accumulation usually finishes this initial therapy.

The dentist may suggest a medicated rinse, an electric or ultrasonic toothbrush, and other specific strategies to help you with your home care routine. Remember, gum disease can be controlled but not cured. Consistent home care is required to control the disease.

Maintenance Matters

Regular home care is critical to stop the progression of gum disease. Within a few hours of cleaning, the bacteria begin to repopulate and adhere to the teeth. Plaque left undisturbed will start to harden and mineralize within 24 hours. Remember, deeper gum pockets require even more diligence to prevent the bacteria from undermining the foundation of your teeth.

Since gum pockets previously damaged by bacteria can be difficult to clean at home, a faithful maintenance schedule with us is essential. We can customize your plan to include two, three or four visits a year depending on the severity of the disease, its response to treatment, and the consistency of your home care.

If our combined efforts don’t slow or stop the progression of your gum disease, we may suggest a referral to a specialist, known as a periodontist.

Mouth-Body Connection

Studies show a link between oral bacteria and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and even certain types of cancer. The relationship between a person’s oral health and their whole-body health has never been more understood than it is today.

Bleeding gums provide a direct pathway into the bloodstream, a journey that oral bacteria can quickly take. If an open wound existed on your skin, infection would be a concern. Gum tissue that bleeds should be looked at no differently. This helps explain why researchers continue to identify oral bacteria deposits in various areas of our bodies.

Diabetes and other auto-immune disorders lower the body’s ability to fight infection, allowing uncontrolled gum disease to advance faster and with more destruction. Research also confirms that the inflammation in the mouth can aggravate diabetes, making it harder to control. This two-way relationship between two chronic conditions emphasizes the importance of proper oral care.

Phone:

Call: (516) 282-5100

Address:

Westbury Dental Spa
229 Post Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590

Office Hours:

Mon: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tues: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wed: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Thur: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 2:00pm

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Meet Dr. Farhana Oza-Chughtai

Dr. Oza-Chughtai is local to the South Shore. Born in Queens, NY and raised in North Valley Stream. She obtained her B.A from St. John’s University. Dr. Oza-Chughtai received her D.D.S degree from New York University College of Dentistry in 2015. She completed a one year General Practice Residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Her residency program helped her strengthen her knowledge and skills in Endodontics (root canal therapy), crown & bridge, pediatric dentistry and restorative dentistry.

She enjoys taking continuing education classes to enhance her skill and knowledge. She has warm and friendly personality and her patients feel at ease with her. She is enthusiastic about providing excellent quality dentistry. She is a certified Invisalign provider.

In her spare time, Dr. Oza-Chughtai likes to spend time with her husband and her two children. They enjoy exploring local activities, spending time with extended family, swimming, ice skating and traveling.