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What is periodontal disease and what should you do about it?

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. That means more Americans lose their teeth to gum disease than age or trauma. This is an important fact considering up to 80% of the population has some form of gum disease. Early stage periodontitis, commonly called gingivitis, can have no patient identifiable symptoms at all. However, Dr. Victor Terranova can identify the signs leading up to gum disease with a simple periodontal exam. That’s why it’s so important to visit your dental hygienist office every six months for a checkup.

What is periodontal disease? 

Frequent bad breath and loosening of the teeth from their gum line position are signs that infection has started. It is common for fluid to form between the teeth and gum and be expelled when left untreated. Our periodontist can diagnose gum disease and provide treatment options to repair or reconstruct diseased teeth and gum lines.

Treatments for Gum Disease


A thorough cleaning is required before beginning gum disease treatments. The removal of built up tarter, plaque, or bacteria is necessary before providing advanced treatments. Our periodontist will gently scrape or scale the surface of your teeth to remove harmful particles. Root planing may be required to remove bacterial growth from the tooth root.

Medical mouth rinses can be used to terminate bacterial growth in-between the teeth and gum line. Our periodontist will determine the severity of the gum disease and design a plan of treatment. Gum restoration may be necessary to improve gum strength and loss due to advanced gum disease. Tissue grafts and jaw reshaping can be used to strengthen affected areas to stabilize the gum structure to support the teeth.


Keep your regular visits to our periodontist in and  he will keep an eye on the condition of your teeth and gums and check for signs of gum disease to stop this disease before it develops.


Schedule an Appointment Call 914-693-0199


What is gum disease ?

Medical  diseases and gum deterioration can be the result of many different factors. Poor oral hygiene schedules can contribute to bacterial growth inside of the mouth. If the bacteria are not removed, the sticky bacteria form harmful plaque on the teeth and gum line. Plaque can harden on the teeth leading to yellowing or staining of the interior and exterior of the tooth. When the particles are not removed from the teeth, the bacteria can penetrate the tooth root causing tooth decay or tooth loss. Oral diseases such as periodontal disease or mouth cancer can develop. Our periodontist Dr. Victor Terranova has over 35 years experience in providing periodontal treatments in our technologically equipped dental office.

Diagnosis of Gum Disease


During initial examination by our dentist, typical procedures to diagnose gum disease will be performed. There are warning signs that gum disease may be affecting your gum line. Continuous swelling of gum tissue or bleeding during teeth brushing is a common warning sign of early gum disease. Gum disease can cause extensive damage to teeth and gums. Our periodontist has comprehensive treatment options for repairing these damages at any stage of gum disease.

The Consequences of Gum Disease


Strokes, heart attack, respiratory problems, low birth weight, diabetic complications, and other overall health concerns have been clinically linked to gum disease. But how does a dental problem affect your health and wellbeing? Gum disease is an infection of the soft gum tissues. It’s an aggressive bacteria that continues to attack until it reaches tooth roots and bone. As it advances, it causes the gums to bleed which then allows the bacteria into the bloodstream. When this bacterium is carried throughout the body, it can cause serious complications.

How Does Gum Disease Occur?


Irritated gums start with a buildup of plaque and food particles in and on teeth. Brushing and flossing helps to remove most plaque, but some will remain behind. Bacteria contained in plaque begin to flourish destroying gum tissue. This breaks the strong bond between teeth and gums creating pockets that allow bacteria further into the gums. If left untreated, tooth roots and jawbone can be affected.

Symptoms of Gum Disease


The initial symptoms of gum disease are silent and painless. You might notice slight swelling, redness, and tenderness of the gums. Some patients may experience bleeding when they brush. Left untreated, early-stage gum disease can escalate into periodontitis and cause a swarm of related complications.

Stop Gum Disease with Routine Dental Visits


Don't let gum disease steal your health. If you experience symptoms or have not seen a dentist in the past six months, call us to schedule a checkup and oral hygiene consultation. Dr. Victor Terranova can also recommend tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, if you’ve lost teeth due to gum disease. He has placed approximately 3000 implants throughout his dental careeer as both an oral surgeon and periodontist. 


Need to schedule an appointment to see a periodontist? Call our office today on 914-693-0199 for an appointment.