Carnegie Dental Wellness provides periodontal treatment in Midtown Manhattan. Call 212-582-6617 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Your gums are just as important as your teeth when it comes to good oral health—in fact, without healthy gums, you can’t have healthy teeth. Untreated periodontal disease eventually results in teeth that start to become loose, shift in your mouth, and sometimes even fall out. This is why we look for early signs of gum disease when you come in for your routine dental evaluations.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
It’s common for patients to overlook the early signs of periodontal disease because they present only a minor inconvenience—gums that are swollen and red, and bleeding when flossing. As time goes on, you might experience bleeding for no apparent reason and notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth or bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away, even after brushing.
Another sign of gum disease is periodontal pockets. These occur when your gums are swollen because of the inflammation, creating space between the gums and roots where bacteria and food debris collect. Pockets can’t be cleaned with brushing, so the bacteria multiplies and begins to attack the support structures of your teeth, including your jawbone.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is an infection that doesn’t just affect your teeth and gums, but also your overall health. Research has linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and preterm labor. Treating gum disease promptly is crucial for preventing irreversible damage and serious health consequences.
We offer a procedure called scaling and root planing to treat gum disease. Also known as deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is considered the gold standard for periodontal disease because of its high success rate and ability to reverse infection, often after a single appointment. The treatment begins by cleaning plaque and tartar from below the gum line, then the roots of your teeth are smoothed to encourage your gums to reattach. This eliminates the pockets where bacteria collects, giving your gums and teeth the opportunity to heal.
Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Disease
Can gum disease be cured?
Yes, it’s possible to cure gum disease in its early stages with scaling and root planing treatment, especially when this is paired with good home oral hygiene and regular follow-ups at our office. Once gum disease has advanced to later stages, it can be treated, but the damage it has caused to your gums bone level and teeth will require restorative procedures to repair.
What does gum disease look like?
The visual signs of gum disease are swelling, bleeding, red or purple gums, and gum recession.
Can gum tissue grow back?
No, gum tissue will not grow back on its own once it has receded, even after your periodontal disease has been treated. If you’d like to reverse the damage, you will need gum grafts.
Can my teeth be saved if I have gum disease?
Yes, most of the time a patient’s teeth can be saved. When gum disease is diagnosed in its early stages, scaling and root planing can reverse the infection before it compromises your teeth. Even teeth that are loose can usually be stabilized with splints while your gum disease is treated.
What is the main cause of periodontal disease?
Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontal disease, but it’s also frequently caused by dry mouth from certain medical conditions and prescription medications.