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Gum Disease

Concierge Dental Design

Dentists located in Financial District, New York, NY

Have you noticed your gums are more tender and red than they used to be? Do you experience occasional bleeding from your gums? You could be suffering from gum disease. Dr. Youngmo Kang and his staff at Concierge Dental Design in the Financial District in New York City, provide comprehensive oral care to help treat gum disease. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Typically, gum disease is completely painless, meaning you may not realize you have it. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms, which include:

  • Gums that recede from the tooth
  • Tender, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Visible pus surrounding your teeth and gums

Severe cases of gum disease can progress to affect the bone that supports your teeth, ultimately causing tooth loss.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by a sticky type of bacteria known as plaque that forms on the surface of your teeth. Plaque creates toxins that damage and deteriorate your gums.

In the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, your gums become swollen, red, and bleed easily. Gum disease is still reversible at this stage and can typically be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.

In the more advanced stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, your gums and bone that support your teeth become severely damaged. This results in your teeth becoming loose and falling out or requiring professional removal.

Factors that can increase the risk of developing gum disease are:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
  • Certain types of medications
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy

How is gum disease treated?

There are a number of different treatments for gum disease. Before recommending a treatment, Dr. Kang will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the cause and severity of your gum disease. Based on the result, Dr. Kang may recommend any of the following:

  • Scaling and root planing (SRP)
  • Pocket reduction procedure
  • Gum grafts
  • Regenerative procedures
  • Periodontal maintenance

If discovered early on, Dr. Kang can treat your gum disease nonsurgically.

If you’re in New York City and suspect that you may suffer from gum disease, it’s vital to get the appropriate medical help as soon as possible. Call or schedule an appointment online today with Dr. Kang at Concierge Dental Design.