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Gum disease treatment in Forest Hills.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. During each regular checkup, your dentist will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque (a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth). If the plaque is not removed (by flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups), it will continue to build up and create toxins that can damage the gums. Periodontal disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Certain factors can increase a patient's risk of developing periodontal disease, including:

  • There may be an abcess or pimple on the gums.
  • The tooth may be become sensitive to hot and cold.
  • The patient may experience severe tooth ache.
  • There may be swelling or tenderness around the tooth.

While it is possible to have periodontal disease and not know it, some symptoms can include:

The decay inside the tooth has reached the pulp of the tooth (the living tissue inside the tooth); the infection may have become an abscess which has developed at the root tip, or there may have been injury or trauma to the tooth.

Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Typical treatments include:


Preventing Gum Disease

Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Typical treatments include:

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