Gum Disease – Poughkeepsie

Gum Disease

Dealing with gum disease can be frustrating and painful, but you can count on Westchester Smile Design to help. Our advanced techniques and experienced team can effectively treat gum disease and provide you with the necessary education and tools to prevent it from recurring.

Healthy gums are an essential part of your oral health
Tricia AnneTricia Anne
05:10 31 Mar 23
My mom just saw Dr. Markovitch & had a great experience. The office is very nice, & Dr. Markovitch & his staff are lovely.
jeff deloatchjeff deloatch
21:33 15 Mar 23
Very professional and welcoming, I felt at ease and comfortable, and the staff was great. Dr. Explained and made sure I understood all my options and they we're willing to accommodate to my situation as much as they could... thank you westchester 😁
18:21 01 Mar 23
The doctor was fast and efficient when taking out your molars. He does take in consideration how you feeling to proceed with the rest of your teeth. The doctor’s assistant was good too. He let me hold his arm when I was scared so he comforted me (which it was a nice thing and much needed to calm my nerves). They did a wonderful job. I would definitely recommend them.
Elton TaylorElton Taylor
18:52 27 Jan 23
The particular dentist I had was beyond great the best dentistry I’ve ever had hands-down she was very informative as I’m scared of needles her techniques and styles of performing her work was very soothing and she was very mindful about the way I am with needles for work was quick efficient. An excellent sweetie. I really recommend her for any services.

Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease): What It Is and How We Treat It

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. The American Dental Association estimates that 75-80% of adults will develop some form of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy the bone supporting the teeth, leading to eventual tooth loss.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can be categorized into four stages:

  • Gingivitis: This stage is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
  • Initial periodontal disease: Infection in the gums has started to cause damage to the bone supporting the teeth.
  • Moderate periodontal disease: Pockets have formed around the teeth, and further damage to the bone is occurring.
  • Advanced periodontal disease: Significant bone loss has occurred, and tooth loss is likely without aggressive treatment.

Our Treatment Options

At Westchester Smile Design, we offer a variety of treatments for periodontal disease depending on the stage of the disease:

  • Scaling and root planing: This procedure removes plaque and tartar from the gum tissue before the infection has progressed to the bone.
  • Pocket reduction procedure: When pockets have formed around the teeth, our periodontist will remove bacteria and smooth rough surfaces on the bone to prevent bacteria from hiding. The gum tissue will be put in place again.
  • Gum treatments: Our periodontists offer various treatments to address the damage done to the gum tissue by the infection, such as lasers to remove excess tissue or grafting to add to the gum line and fill it out.
  • Dental implants and bridges: We also offer effective treatments for tooth loss resulting from periodontal disease.

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Your Health

Studies have shown that there is an association between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research also indicates that untreated periodontal disease can increase the risk of stroke, respiratory disease, and premature births.

Why Is This the Case?

Although experts cannot say for certain, they believe that oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and injure major organs, and that inflammation may be the link. Inflammation is the underlying problem in many diseases, such as heart disease.

What to Do If You Think You Have Periodontal Disease

If you think you have gum disease, make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will examine you and ascertain if you have periodontal disease and the extent of the disease. If you do have it, you will be referred to our periodontist and undergo treatment.

Contact Us

If you need to see a dentist about gum disease or have bleeding gums, call us today to make an appointment. Our team of experienced periodontists is here to help you achieve optimal oral health.

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