Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects about 50% of adults and is a leading cause of permanent tooth loss. At Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry in Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, their team of exceptional dentists can diagnose and treat periodontal disease to restore your gums, teeth, and smile. Call the office for an appointment or schedule a consultation online today.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the soft tissue that surrounds your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause receding gums, bone loss, and even permanent tooth loss. Early detection and treatment of gum disease give you the best chance of maintaining a healthy smile.
Common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease to watch out for include:
Healthy gums fit snugly around your teeth and are light pink in color. As soon as you notice changes in the appearance of your gums or tenderness, see the Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry team for an evaluation. Early treatment can keep gum and bone tissue from deteriorating.
Periodontal disease can happen to anybody, but some things increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include:
Taking actionable steps like maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, limiting your intake of added sugar, brushing your teeth at least twice daily using fluoride toothpaste, and flossing every day can reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
To diagnose periodontal disease and develop a treatment plan, your dentist reviews your symptoms and oral health history. They examine your teeth and gums, take dental X-rays to check for bone loss, and measure the pocket depth of your gums.
Based on the severity of periodontal disease you experience, your dentist may recommend one of the following treatments:
Oral, topical, or mouth rinse antibiotics can reduce bacteria in your mouth responsible for gum disease.
Scaling and root planing are dental procedures to remove bacteria and tartar from your mouth in hard-to-reach areas — including at or below your gum line. They also smooth out tooth root surfaces to prevent future buildup.
Laser dentistry can eliminate tartar near your gum line, reduce mouth bacteria, and diminish inflamed gum tissue.
In severe cases of gum disease, your dentist may suggest you undergo a minor surgical procedure to regenerate gum or bone tissue.
If you have periodontal disease, don’t let it go untreated. Call the Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.