Gum Disease Treatment – NYC

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease is an infection that affects the
gums and can progress to impact the bone supporting the teeth. In its initial stages, it is
treatable and with proper maintenance, it can be controlled. The disease begins with the
accumulation of plaque around the teeth, which contains bacteria leading to gum
inflammation. However if left untreated it can advance rapidly, making plaque removal
through daily brushing, flossing, professional cleanings, and regular dental exams
crucial for prevention.

Recognizing The Signs and Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease

The tell tale signs of gum disease include swollen, red, tender, or bleeding gums,
receding gums, loose teeth, new spaces between teeth, bad breath, and pus around the
teeth and gums. There are several factors that contribute to the development of gum
disease, including poor dental hygiene, smoking, medications, stress, diabetes,
hormonal changes, and genetic predisposition.

What Are The various Types of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease and marks the early stage of
periodontal disease which is characterized by inflamed gums and plaque buildup.
However if left untreated it can progress to periodontitis. This is when the plaque
hardens into calculus/tartar which can cause gum recession and the formation of

pockets. Advanced periodontal disease can signify significant gum and bone damage
which increases the risk of tooth loss.

Treatment Options

Professional Cleaning involves removing plaque, tartar, and buildup to address gingivitis

Scaling and Root Planing, performed under numbed gums, targets plaque and tartar
below the gumline aiding the process of gum healing.

Home Care Instructions provide techniques for proper dental care and product

Antibiotic Therapy, including oral antibiotics or topical antibiotics like Arestin, helps
reduce inflammation and combat bacteria.

Laser Gum Therapy effectively reduces gum pocket depth and removes bacteria,
promoting faster healing.

Grafting and Tissue Regeneration, such as the Pinhole Surgical Technique, addresses
gum recession caused by periodontal disease, offering minimally invasive treatment
with long-lasting results.

Salivary Diagnostic Testing offers early detection of oral pathogens, personalization of
treatment, and identification of systemic health risks.

Mouth-Body Connection

Research indicates a link between periodontal disease and other health conditions like
heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and certain cancers. Treating and preventing gum
disease can contribute to managing these illnesses, which underscores the importance
of overall health care.

If you are worried about gum disease then there are a number of procedures that we can utilize to treat you. Dr. Ursomanno is the periodontist at Shine Dentistry and can advise you of the requisiste treatment plan. Periodontal disease cannot be reversed but can be managed effectively by working closely with a periodontist and following a strict dental regime.

If you need an appointent or a consultation call us at  212-242-5344 and ask for Kelly.

She will schedule you for a consultation. We look forward to treating you as a patient.



Call or Text 212-242-5344

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