What Is Periodontal Disease?

Your gums are an integral part of your overall oral health and well being. Gums help to stabilize your teeth playing an important role in holding them in place. The gums also protect the tooth root from becoming exposed or becoming damaged. It is important to take good care of your gums through diligent oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist for professional teeth cleanings. Manhattan, NY dentist Dr. Brad Gorsky will monitor the health of your gums and screen for periodontal disease at all routine preventative care visits.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or advanced gingivitis, is a bacterial infection that breeds in plaque build up. This bacteria can cause severe damage to the teeth, jaw bone, gums, and your overall health. Gum disease is a progressive condition that is best treated in the earliest stages of development.

Which dental health issues does periodontal disease cause?

  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bone loss
  • Receding jaw line (due to bone loss)

Are there treatment options for gum disease?

Yes, depending on the advancement of the infection, Dr. Gorsky will help you determine the best treatment plan to restore your oral health. Dr. Gorsky offers scaling and root planing and antibacterial rinses to help clean the gums of bacteria. In advanced cases of periodontal disease, Dr. Gorsky may refer you to a local periodontist for a surgical procedure.

What is scaling & root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a procedure used to remove the plaque build up from the gums, tooth roots and pockets found deep in the gums. Dr. Gorsky will use special tools to clean the teeth and gums allowing them to heal and prevent further damage caused by the bacterial infection.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Visiting the dentist at least twice a year and maintaining good oral hygiene can help ensure you never develop gum disease. However, there are some telling signs that you may be developing periodontal disease. If you notice any of these changes in your oral health be sure to contact our New York, NY dentist office as soon as possible for a chance at conservative treatment.

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Shifting of teeth or loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

Schedule A Consultation

Be sure you visit Dr. Gorsky every six months for your teeth cleaning and oral check up. If you believe you are experiencing signs of gum disease contact our Manhattan dentist office or schedule an appointment online.