Robert A. Horowitz, DDS offers a wide range of treatments for gum disease in Scarsdale, New York, and surrounding areas. Our treatments include both surgical and non-surgical options, and our periodontist and team will work with you to determine the most beneficial treatment for your oral health. We invite you to call us at 914-723-3366 to learn more about periodontics and schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Horowitz.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal, or gum, disease is a degenerative condition that affects the soft tissues and supporting bone structures of the mouth. When bacteria is left undisturbed under the gum line, it develops into gum disease, causing problems for your oral health and damaging your gums and other oral structures.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
Gum disease does not typically cause pain or discomfort in the earlier stages of development. This makes it extremely important that you continue to receive regular checkups with your dentist, or with a periodontal expert. When caught in the earliest stages of development, periodontal disease can often be reversed. If allowed to develop, it can cause irreversible damage to your oral health.
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that have receded (pulled away) from the teeth
- Pus (infection) between the teeth and gums
- Loose permanent teeth or separating (drifting) teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Change in the fit of a partial denture
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Robert Horowitz as soon as possible so that we can evaluate your mouth and determine the most effective treatment to help you regain your oral health.
What are the dangers of periodontal disease?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Perhaps more importantly, however, are the systemic disease linked to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been proven to contribute to other serious medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, and premature and low-weight babies.
When you visit our office, please make sure that we know about all medical conditions, including heart disease. We also recommend that all pregnant women – and all women of childbearing age – visit our practice for a periodontal screening examination. We want to ensure that you and your baby remain as healthy as possible.
How do you diagnose periodontal disease?
When you visit Robert A. Horowitz, DDS for your initial or routine oral examinations, our highly-trained hygienist will carefully evaluate your mouth. Our periodontist will then determine and recommend the best course of treatment for you, and create a periodontal treatment plan to help you regain your healthy smile. We will coordinate your treatment with your referring doctor.
What are my treatment options?
There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for managing periodontal disease and helping remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. These include deep cleanings, scaling and root planing, bite adjustments, augmenting laser therapy, gum and bone grafting, tissue regeneration, and other treatments.
For more information about periodontal disease, and to make your appointment with Dr. Robert Horowitz, please contact our practice today.