Gum Treatment at Madison Avenue Dentists
Gum disease is a common condition affecting almost 90% of adults in some way. Whether it’s mild gingivitis or advanced periodontitis, this preventable disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in NYC. Fortunately, Madison Avenue Dentists offers comprehensive gum health services to help keep your smile healthy for years to come.
Symptoms of gum disease typically involve:
- Receding gumlines
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Tooth mobility or loss
- Visible tartar buildup
- “Pockets” under the gums, around teeth
- Bone loss noted on your X-rays
The earliest stages of gum (periodontal) disease are gingivitis, which involve mild irritation and swelling along the gumlines, caused by plaque exposure. If gingivitis isn’t reversed soon enough, it causes an infection that leads to the destruction and detachment of structural tissues that hold your teeth in place (periodontal disease.) While periodontal disease is treatable, the permanent bone loss cannot be reversed. Early intervention is key to getting the best treatment possible.
The Oral-Systemic Health Connection
Periodontal disease has been scientifically linked to other major health issues, making them more challenging to manage or increasing your risk of developing them in the first place. Some of the ones that we’re most familiar with, include:
- Heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease
- Premature labor and low birth weight in infants
- Erectile dysfunction
- Infertility (men and women)
- Pneumonia and respiratory disease
Because oral biofilm can spread from diseased gums directly into the bloodstream, they’re capable of lodging within blood vessels and triggering an inflammatory response within our bodies. This strains the immune system, making it challenging to address any form of illness or infection inside of the body.
Treating gum disease can consequently help you to better manage other health problems that you may be struggling with. Based on modern research, individuals that struggle with diabetes and infertility usually see improvement in their condition within a matter of a few months.
Types of Soft Tissue Treatments
Depending on the severity of gum disease or inflammation, we prescribe appropriate soft tissue therapy methods to eliminate bacteria and maintain a healthy environment inside of your mouth. This may be through procedures such as:
- Preventative Cleanings — A routine checkup and “cleaning” is for someone with a relatively healthy mouth and mild to moderate gingivitis. We will assess areas that may need more attention and help you adjust your oral hygiene routine to reverse any early symptoms of inflammation.
- Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing — As gingivitis progresses into moderate to severe gum disease, bone begins to shrink away and gums detach from the teeth, jeopardizing their stability. A “deep cleaning” involves lifting away the calcified bacterial deposits along your teeth and under the gum pockets to facilitate healing and reattachment of the tissues.
- Laser Gum Surgery — Soft tissue lasers are a safe and effective way to eliminate active bacteria and speed up healing in conjunction with other types of gum disease treatments.
- Periodontal Maintenance — Following a deep cleaning, it’s necessary for gum disease to be carefully monitored every 3-4 months to prevent relapse. Maintenance cleanings are similar to preventive cleanings, in that they remove buildup that occurs between one visit to the next, with added attention in areas of active disease.
Will I Need Gum Surgery?
From time to time, advanced gum disease can jeopardize the stability of your teeth. When it’s possible to preserve the area or you’re planning to replace teeth with implants, gum surgery may be needed to cover areas where recession has occurred.
Preventing Tooth Loss, One Smile at a Time
If your parents suffered or lost their teeth due to periodontal disease, you’re at an increased risk of the same thing happening to yourself. Fortunately, Madison Avenue Dentists makes many preventive and therapeutic gum services available that weren’t an option when your parents or grandparents were growing up. The key is to get treatment as soon as you start to notice symptoms. If you smoke or use tobacco products, you may not notice any symptoms at all.
Has it been more than a couple of years since your last dental checkup? Call our New York City dentists to schedule an exam, cleaning, and gum disease screening today. This important step can help your smile last years longer, and better your overall health in ways you didn’t realize were even possible. Contact us today!