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Periodontal Services

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. It may range from a simple gum inflammation to a serious problem that could damage the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and plaque deposits in our mouth. The bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, form a sticky film called plaque. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings can help in removing plaque, but when plaque hardens, tartar builds up on the teeth and gum line. If left unattended, tartar buildup can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

What are the signs of a periodontal infection?

  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Gum recession or gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Chronic or persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding gums while brushing and flossing
  • Sudden gaps between the teeth

Gum Disease Treatment

Scaling and Root Planing is a conservative, non-surgical treatment of gum disease. It is a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth to scrape off plaque and tartar. This is followed by root planing to smooth away the roughness on the tooth roots and prevent the future accumulation of bacteria. Anesthesia is used during the procedure to help prevent discomfort. Once the gums heal after the procedure, they will reattach to the clean, healthy surfaces of the teeth.

We will evaluate the health of your teeth after the procedure, and if the gum tissues do not fit around the tooth like they should, then we may recommend a Periodontist (gum specialist).

To learn more about periodontal disease, the risks associated with it, and the best treatment options, please call West SoHo Dentistry at (212) 645-2808. Our practice is located at 22 Renwick St., New York, NY 10013.

Our Happy Patients

"As a recent resident in the South Village, I was in the market for a new dentist and I'm happy to say that after my first visit to see Dr. Oh, my search is over. I highly recommend her! From the moment I walked into the office to the time I left, I felt well taken care of as a patient. The receptionist was attentive and got me through my paperwork quickly, the assistant working under Dr. Oh was very professional and best of all Dr. Oh herself was a pleasure. She took the time to explain everything she was doing, talked me through a treatment plan, and really listened to my wants/concerns. I left with a clear follow-up plan and all the costs explained upfront (which is always nice to have and I found them to be reasonable). I'm actually looking forward to my next visit, again I highly recommend!"

Kai L.

"All of the staff at West Soho Dentistry are nice, thorough and helpful. I went in for a general consultation and they were able to fit in a cleaning and a fluoride treatment. I haven't seen a dentist in a few years so it was definitely a needed trip. I'm so glad I decided to come here because I left feeling more knowledgeable about my teeth and things that I could do to maintain them. My cleaning was one of the best I've received! I've moved around a few times in the past few years and finding a new dentist is something that I always dread and feel so lost when doing. Dr. Oh is superb; I highly recommend her. I will be going back and recommending to all of my friends."

Jessica L.

"I highly recommend West Soho Dentistry, especially for those who fear dental work or are extremely sensitive. (Full disclosure, I'm not afraid of needles, but have been seen by some very rough dental professionals in my life). Every staff member with whom I've interacted has been friendly and professional. The office is small but is clean and comfortable. I'm so relieved to have found a dentist I actually want to stick with. I am actually looking forward to my next cleaning."

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