Manhasset Dental Arts
General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics and Periodontics located in Manhasset, NY
An estimated 42% of American adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease, according to The Journal of the American Dental Association. Fortunately, Michael Abrams, DDS, and Elizabeth Abrams, DDS, at Manhasset Dental Arts in Manhasset, New York, have the most advanced technology to treat gum disease and prevent it from worsening. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about your gum disease treatment options.
Gum Disease Q & A
What is gum disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can spread to your tooth-supporting bone structure. While reversible in its early stages, gum disease can eventually progress and lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and more. There are three main stages of gum disease, including:
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, when the damage is still reversible. It’s caused by plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. Though you may experience gum inflammation, red gums, and tenderness, your tooth-supporting bone is still healthy and strong.
When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis — an irreversible form of gum disease. This happens when plaque and bacteria begin to form small pockets below the gum line. With all this debris trapped in pockets, it starts destroying your gum tissue and tooth-supporting bone.
At this advanced stage of gum disease, you can experience shifting teeth, tooth loss, and more. Over time, advanced periodontitis can even change your bite and the way you speak.
Which gum disease symptoms should I look out for?
Some of the most common gum disease symptoms include:
- Gum inflammation
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gum pain
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
- Loose teeth
- A change in bite
- Receding gums
In its early stages, gingivitis may present no obvious symptoms, so it’s important to schedule routine dental cleanings with Manhasset Dental Arts at least twice a year to prevent gum disease.
How is gum disease treated?
Manhasset Dental Arts has the most advanced dental technology and equipment available to treat gum disease, including:
Pinhole gum grafting surgical technique
Unlike traditional gum grafting, which uses gum tissue from a donor or cadaver to reconstruct your gumline, the Pinhole gum grafting surgical technique can restore your gums without incisions, sutures, or outside grafts.
During this minimally invasive procedure, your dentist uses special tools to make small holes in your gums. Small instruments are then passed through these holes to loosen the gums and reposition your gum line.
The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a laser surgery that completely eliminates the need for scalpels to treat gum disease. While traditional gum surgery requires cutting the gums to reduce the size of the pockets below the gumline, LANAP uses state-of-the-art laser technology to identify and remove unhealthy gum tissue without surgery.
Manhasset Dental Arts gives you the opportunity to treat gum disease without scalpels, surgery, or lengthy recovery times. Call the office or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation with the team.