Periodontal Dentistry

Sometimes, patients who visit Dr. David Furnari, a knowledgeable dentist in Scarsdale, have the early stages of periodontal (gum) disease, but they do not realize it because they are not suffering from any painful symptoms. Periodontal disease can have serious consequences, not only for oral health but also for patients overall health and well being. Fortunately, Dr. David Furnari offers periodontal dentistry to help patients treat or stave off periodontal disease, whether they realize that it is a problem or not.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal, or gum, disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and jaw bone that is caused by an excessive amount of plaque and ensuing tartar, also called calculus, that has built up around teeth and deep under the gum line, over time. Periodontal disease causes the inflammation and breakdown of the bone and tissue ligaments that hold teeth in place. Thus, severe periodontal disease, called periodontitis, can cause teeth to loosen or fall out if left untreated. Gum disease and tooth decay are the two leading threats to good oral health.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

The early stages of periodontal disease may be hard to detect because the symptoms can be mild. Symptoms of gingivitis (i.e., the early stage of periodontal disease) include tender, swollen, red gums that may bleed; loose or sensitive teeth; painful chewing; widening gaps between teeth; persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth; a receding gum line; changes in bite; and changes in the way that partial dentures fit.

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

The following factors increase the risk of gum disease:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Heredity
  • Stress
  • Crooked teeth
  • Defective fillings
  • Dry-mouth caused by medications
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Immunodeficiency’s, such as AIDS
  • Female hormonal changes, such as the ones that occur with pregnancy

How Can Periodontal Dentistry Help?

Periodontal dentistry is a field of dentistry that aims to prevent gum disease when possible and restore health to the gums when needed. It is important for patients to visit The Scarsdale Dental Group team for regular cleanings and dental exams so that Dr. Furnari can monitor the health of the gums and let patients know if they are at an increased risk for periodontal disease.

What You Can Do to Help Prevent Gum Disease

Again, periodontal disease can lead not only to the loss of permanent teeth, but also to major health risks. That is why Dr. Furnari and his conscientious staff make every effort to educate and train you in daily routines that help prevent and avoid gum disease. Patients suffering from severe bone loss and lose tooth often require extensive treatment procedures. Dr. Furnari and the SDG specializes in helping people with advanced tooth loss by comfortably removing broken or loose teeth, securing the bone and placing implants to support new teeth.

To avoid the advancement of periodontal disease, you should practice good oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash. You should also eat a balanced diet. In addition, visit The Scarsdale Dental Group regularly for all your routine dental exams and cleanings. Because untreated periodontal disease can be dangerous, you should contact Dr. David Furnari immediately if you experience any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums. Remember destructive periodontal disease is known for its lack of symptoms, to be safe you should have regular periodontal screening by the SDG hygienists and doctors at your bi-annual hygiene appointments.

To find out about periodontal dentistry or to schedule your first visit with Dr. David Furnari, please contact The Scarsdale Dental Group by calling 914-723-4707.