Periodontal Disease and Dental Implants

 

If you’re thinking about restoring your smile with dental implants, you should contact Dr. Gottesman and arrange a consultation.

Sadly, many patients are reluctant to even consider dental implants because they’re concerned about the state of their smile. They worry that conditions such as gum disease will make them ineligible for dental implants.  

But you shouldn’t get discouraged. Only a qualified implant dentist like Dr. Gottesman can determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants. He’ll review your unique situation and then recommend the ideal option for restoring your smile.

What is Gum Disease

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a harmful condition which can destroy your smile. Over 47% of Americans over the age of thirty suffer from gum disease. That adds up to almost 65 million people! If you think you might be suffering from gum disease, you should see Dr. Gottesman as soon as possible.

Gum disease is the result of a bacterial infection. The bacteria that cause gum disease feeds on plaque and calculus. Plaque is the gooey substance that forms on your teeth after a meal. Calculus (also called tartar) is the stuff that dental hygienists scrape off teeth during a dental cleaning.  

The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash every day in addition to visiting your dentist for checkups at least twice a year. But once you’ve  developed gum disease, you should seek treatment from a periodontist right away.

The Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are three stages of gum disease, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. It’s easier for your dentist to treat  gum disease if he catches it early, during the gingivitis stage. Symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Red, swollen, and tender gums
  • Gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath
  • Gums pull away from teeth, making teeth appear larger
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth

But when patients ignore symptoms of gum disease and when they avoid going to the dentist, the situation is likely to get worse. And once gum disease is allowed to progress to the advanced periodontitis stage, the patient risks losing one or more teeth. Symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Teeth slide around the jawbone
  • Pus oozes from pockets of infection around the base of your teeth
  • Chewing becomes extremely painful
  • Teeth no longer fit together when you bite down
  • Persistent bleeding of the gums
  • Severely bad breath and a perpetual bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums are bright red and painful to the touch
  • Teeth fall out

Your Periodontist in Manhattan

Periodontists like Dr. Gottesman specialize in treating the gums. That’s why he’s the dentist you should see to treat your gum disease.

Dr. Gottesman is also a highly qualified implant dentist. Give us a call today at PerioNYC if you’re looking for the best way to restore your smile. Dr. Gottesman will recommend the option that’s best for you. Your new smile could be closer than you think.

 

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