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.