What is Gum Disease?
Both gingivitis (inflamed gums) and gum (periodontal) disease are very common in the United States – more than 3/4 of the population over age 35 have some degree of gum disease. Fortunately, thorough daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings twice a year can keep bacteria and plaque under control, limiting the spread of gum disease.
However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can rapidly progress to more advanced stages of periodontal disease and cause many other problems in the mouth, and therefore treating advanced gum disease can become more complicated.
Healthy gums fit snugly around the teeth to protect the roots and the nerves from being exposed. Advanced gum disease weakens and destroys this gum tissue, leaving the roots and nerves vulnerable. Diseased gum tissue also does not provide enough support for the teeth, which is why sometimes advanced stages can result in loose teeth or the complete loss of a tooth or teeth.
How Do You Treat Gum Disease?
Gum surgery is often used to treat gum disease, and typically involves cutting away diseased gum tissue in order to stimulate growth of healthy tissue. In some cases, a gum graft is necessary to replace healthy gum tissue. Because gum surgery involves the cutting away of (and sometimes grafting of) tissues, it can be a truly invasive and painful process involving incisions and sutures (stitches). Luckily, technological advances in dentistry have made other less invasive gum disease treatments available, like laser gum therapy which is minimally invasive and highly effective in removing bacteria and diseased tissue from the gums, and LANAP laser gum treatment which aids the gums in reattaching to the teeth to close pockets and shut out bacteria to prevent further disease. Laser gum surgery has revolutionized gum disease treatment, and has also opened up the field of periodontal plastic surgery, a collection of cosmetic gum treatments to improve the esthetics of a person’s smile.
Which option is best for me?
Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer the full line of gum surgery — from traditional stitching and suturing to advanced laser treatment. Choosing the best fit for your particular mouth is very important, and the best way to do so is to evaluate the differences between each different process. Click on the links below to explore our different options:
- LANAP laser gum treatment
- Traditional Gum Surgery
- Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)
- Cosmetic Gum Procedures
- Laser Dentistry
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Our team of Ivy League trained cosmetic dentists are here to help you determine the best treatment plan for curing your gum disease. Don’t hesitate to fix those bleeding gums, your gummy smile, or to see about our deals on teeth cleaning. Call our Manhattan dentists at (212) 851-1091 or visit our consultation request page to book your appointment today!