Nearly half of Americans age 30 and older have gum disease. Whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis, Stella Oh, DDS, and Ash Estafan, DDS, at Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, can help treat and reverse the effects of gum disease. If you're concerned about the health of your gums, schedule an appointment with the team at their office in Midtown Manhattan, New York, by calling or booking online.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition of the gums and tooth-supporting tissues that can lead to tooth loss when left untreated. Not only is gum disease preventable, it’s also reversible in its early stages. Brushing and flossing twice a day, avoiding sugary snacks, and bi-annual visits to Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, can all help reduce your chances of gum disease.
Two main types of gum disease can affect your oral health:
Gingivitis is defined as gum inflammation caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and gums. This buildup often leads to bleeding gums when you brush your teeth, but your teeth are still firmly in place.
Without proper treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. This state is an inflammatory condition in which your gums begin to pull away from your teeth.
In the early stages of this disease, small pockets of plaque and bacteria can form in the small space between your teeth and gums. These pockets ultimately release toxins that eat away at healthy gum tissue, which can lead to tooth loss.
In many cases, you may not experience any gum disease symptoms until the condition advances. However, there are many common symptoms to watch out for, including:
Only a trained dentist can recognize the telltale signs of gum disease, so make sure to schedule a routine dental exam and cleaning at least once every six months to protect your oral health.
Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, offers several soft tissue therapies to treat gum disease:
When your gum disease advances beyond gingivitis, your dentist must clean out the pockets of plaque and bacteria trapped between your gums and teeth to prevent further damage. During scaling, the team scrapes away any plaque on your teeth or between your teeth and gums.
During root planing, they smooth the roots with a special dental tool, which helps reattach your gums to your teeth.
Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, has soft tissue lasers that can eliminate diseased gum tissue without harming your healthy tissue. Gentle and effective, laser gum surgery is ideal for patients who are hoping for less pain and a shorter recovery process than traditional gum surgery.
After a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing, it's necessary to return to Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, every three to four months to prevent a gum disease relapse.
Gum disease is a common yet preventable condition. To schedule an appointment with Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, call or book online.