Gum Disease Specialist

Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry -  - General Dentistry

Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry

General Dentistry & Prosthodontists located in Greenwich Village, New York, NY

Half of the adults in the United States suffer from gum disease, which causes red, tender, swollen, or bleeding gums. At Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry in Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, their experienced dentists can diagnose and treat gum disease to reduce your risk of permanent tooth loss. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a common gum infection that damages soft tissue surrounding your teeth. When left untreated, gum disease can cause gum recession and jaw bone destruction, which increases the risk of permanent tooth loss. Gum disease is common but often preventable.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Common signs and symptoms associated with gum disease include:

  • Puffy, swollen gyms
  • Bright red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Gums that bleed
  • A receding gum line
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Pus near your gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Pain with chewing
  • Teeth shifting

Healthy gums are light pink in color and fit snugly around your teeth. At the first sign of gum disease, see the Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry team for an evaluation. The earlier you seek treatment, the better your chance of preventing permanent tooth loss.

What are the risk factors for gum disease?

Anybody can develop gum disease, but certain factors increase your risk. Examples include:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Hormone changes
  • Recreational drug use
  • Poor nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Family history of gum disease
  • Some medications
  • A weak immune system
  • Certain chronic diseases

Practice good oral hygiene at home, see your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams, and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to reduce your risk of developing gum disease.

How does my provider diagnose gum disease?

To find out if you have gum disease, your dentist reviews your oral health history, asks about your symptoms, and examines your teeth and gums. They measure the pocket depth of your gum line and take dental X-rays to check for jaw bone loss.

What are my gum disease treatment options?

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, your provider may recommend one of the following treatments:

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing are advanced techniques your dentist uses to remove tartar and bacteria in hard-to-reach areas, as well as smooth out tooth root surfaces to reduce the risk of future tartar buildup.

Antibiotics

Using topical, oral, or mouth rinse antibiotics can reduce bacteria associated with gum disease.

Laser treatment

Using a laser helps eliminate inflamed gum tissue and remove tartar and plaque buildup at or beneath your gum line.

Surgery

If you have severe gum disease, your dentist might recommend you undergo a surgical procedure to thoroughly clean your teeth, restore soft tissue or bone, and enhance tissue regeneration. 

Don’t let gum disease progress to a serious oral health problem. Schedule an appointment with Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry by phone or book online today.