Periodontal Services in Manhattan

Gum disease? Consultation a periodontist in New York City

Periodontal treatment may be sought in several ways. Your general dentist or a hygienist may recommend a consultation with a periodontist if they find signs of periodontal disease through the course of a checkup or other dental care appointment. You may also decide to see a periodontist on your own as a referral is not necessary to be seen at our office.

Symptoms

Periodontal Services in Manhattan

In fact, if you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office without delay:

  • Bleeding while brushing or eating normal foods. Unexplained bleeding while performing regular cleaning or consuming food is the most common sign of a periodontal infection.
  • Bad breath. Ongoing halitosis (bad breath), which continues despite rigorous oral cleaning, can point to periodontitis, gingivitis or the beginnings of a gum infection.
  • Loose teeth and gum recession. Longer-looking and loose-feeling teeth can indicate recession of the gums and/or bone loss as a result of periodontal disease.
  • Related health concerns. Patients with heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia or osteoporosis are often diagnosed with correlating periodontal infections. The bacterial infection can spread through the blood stream, affecting other areas of the body.

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following are common signs of a pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.
  • A sore that fails to heal, and bleeds easily.
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing.

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer. We recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly.

Your gums are the foundation of your smile, which means that you should take extra care to manage your gum health so that you have healthy, strong natural teeth for life. When you are facing gum disease, chronic halitosis, or possible symptoms of oral cancer, the specialized care of a periodontist can be just what your smile needs to stay in good shape. Dr. Scott Froum provides excellent periodontal care for patients in Manhattan, utilizing the most sophisticated laser treatments and restorative bone and skin grafting techniques to provide services that fit into your busy lifestyle. Keep reading to discover why you will want to include visits to our periodontal practice in your oral care routine.

Why see a periodontist?

Some general dentistry practices provide periodontal services, but periodontists have extra training and certification to care for the gums and underlying bone tissue. This ensures a higher level of care, which can make a big difference in complex treatments such as natural tooth preservation in patients with periodontitis. You may choose to see a periodontist following a referral from your general dental practitioner, or you might make an appointment on your own if you’ve noticed loose teeth and gum recession, chronic bad breath, or bleeding gums.

What treatments do periodontists provide?

At the office of Dr. Froum, we offer a wide range of dental services focused on saving natural teeth where possible and enhancing smiles with sophisticated treatments for periodontal disease at all stages.

  • Laser gum therapy - Gum disease in advanced stages may be treated with laser therapy that eliminates the need for a scalpel and sutures. Instead of removing damaged tissue and grafting donor tissue to the gums, laser therapy uses a sterile system to regenerate gum tissue while eliminating severely damaged sections of the gums.
  • Non-Surgical Treatment - Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. They are commonly preformed on cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • Surgical Treatment - Osseous surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria.

Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.

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