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Periodontal Disease Specialist

Dr. Aaronson & Associates

Aesthetic and Implant Dentists & Cosmetic & General Dentists located in Midtown East, New York, NY

More than 47% of Americans over the age of 30 have periodontal disease. If you’re concerned about your risk, it’s important to seek professional treatment. Early intervention can reduce the risk of potentially serious issues. At Dr. Aaronson & Associates in New York City, the team of expert dentists provides all-inclusive treatment for periodontal disease. To make an appointment at the practice in Midtown East, Manhattan, call the office today or click the online booking feature.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common oral health problem that affects the soft tissues in your mouth. The team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates treats several types, including:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis causes your gums to swell and turn red. It’s a bacterial infection that occurs when plaque –– a film of food particles, saliva, and bacteria –– collects on your teeth. Without early intervention and treatment, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a more serious infection that causes your gums to pull away (recede) from your teeth. When that occurs, large pockets form, where more plaque and harmful bacteria can collect. When left untreated, periodontitis increases your risk of tooth loss and bone decay.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Pus between your teeth and gums

If you have periodontal disease, you might also notice that your gums start bleeding whenever you brush or floss.

Who is at risk of periodontal disease?

Anyone can experience periodontal disease, but there are several factors that increase your risk, including:

  • Using tobacco
  • Underlying conditions, like diabetes or kidney disease
  • Having crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Oral trauma

You’re also more likely to experience periodontal disease if you take certain prescription medications, like oral contraceptives or steroids.

How is periodontal disease diagnosed?

To diagnose periodontal disease, your Dr. Aaronson & Associates provider conducts an oral exam. During the exam, they use a small ruler to measure the size of the pockets around your teeth. 

Healthy gums have a depth of 1-3 millimeters. If your provider discovers large pockets, they also order oral X-rays to check for bone loss.

Let your provider know if you use tobacco or have an underlying condition that might increase your risk of gum disease. That information can help them determine the best course of treatment.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Treatment of periodontal disease depends on several factors, including the type of gum disease you have, the severity of your symptoms, and your oral health history. 

Usually, the team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates recommends healthy lifestyle changes, like brushing and flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and quitting smoking.

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to reduce inflammation, you might benefit from periodontal cleaning. The team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates offers several types of periodontal cleaning, including scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, and laser dentistry.

To learn more about the treatment options for periodontal disease, make an appointment at Dr. Aaronson & Associates by calling the office today or scheduling online.