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 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.
Common signs and symptoms associated with gum disease include:
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.
Anybody can develop gum disease, but certain factors increase your risk. Examples include:
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.
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.
Depending on the severity of your gum disease, your provider may recommend one of the following treatments:
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.
Using topical, oral, or mouth rinse antibiotics can reduce bacteria associated with gum disease.
Using a laser helps eliminate inflamed gum tissue and remove tartar and plaque buildup at or beneath your gum line.
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.