Periodontal (Gum) Disease NYC – Examination and Treatment

As with other body areas, the teeth and gums require a good deal of care and consistent maintenance to remain healthy. A severe condition that affects the gums is periodontal disease and is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. If left unchecked, periodontal disease can destroy the bone, which supports your teeth. If the alveolar bone is damaged, it may result in loose teeth or even tooth loss. Periodontal disease has also been known to affect your overall health, especially if the bacteria which causes gum disease has made its way into your bloodstream. It is critical to eliminate this bacteria before it causes serious damage to your oral and overall health. If you are concerned about your gums’ health, it is important to make an appointment with our Manhattan dentist, Dr. Marc J. Beshar.

Patients in Dr. Beshar’s Midtown dental practice receive a complete and thorough examination to determine if any damage has occurred in their gums and teeth due to periodontal disease. Their genetic risk is assessed to understand if this is likely to be a health problem in the future. 

Possible solutions for the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease administered in our Manhattan NYC dental office include:

  • Regular diagnosis and cleanings
  • Thorough removal of disease-causing deposits above and below the gum, by sections
  • Placement of localized antibiotic therapy to treat only the infected areas
  • Antimicrobial oral irrigation
  • Patient-centered motivation techniques

We understand how important it is that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Hence, our dental team encourages all of our patients to continue their oral health care regimen and to be sure to make and keep their regular visits with our experienced New York City dentist for cleaning and evaluation.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can have severe side effects if left unchecked and untreated by a trained dental professional, so it is essential that you pay attention to the look and feel of your teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent the possible onset of periodontal disease. Catching the early warning signs of the condition will ensure that it does not progress to severe infection and tooth loss. 

If you believe that you may have a gum issue such as periodontal disease, there are various signs and symptoms. It is important to remember that healthy gums are firm and pale pink. They also fit snugly around your teeth. The crucial symptoms to be aware of during your regular oral hygiene regimen include:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums
  • Tenderness or bleeding in the gums
  • A pink tinge to your toothbrush following a brushing
  • Blood after brushing or flossing
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Development of new or enlarged spaces between teeth
  • Receding gums (your teeth will appear longer)
  • Changes in the fit of your teeth when biting

It is critical that you pay close attention to your teeth and gums’ health, especially while brushing and flossing, so that you can catch these signs of periodontal disease. Contact our skilled midtown Manhattan dental team if you notice these or other signs of possible gum disease.

Seek Help Treating Gum Disease in Manhattan’s Upper Side West, NYC

Did you know that gum disease is the primary reason for tooth loss in adults? Luckily periodontal disease diagnosis and treatment and dental implants for seniors have never been easier than with Midtown dentist Dr. Marc Beshar. His modern treatments are less invasive and more comfortable than ever before.

Gum disease begins with small pockets forming when the bone weakens around the teeth. As the bone fades away, the result is tooth loss with bleeding and bad breath in the process. Dr. Beshar offers periodontal disease treatment to help you avoid the pain and expense of tooth loss. Treat your gum disease and prevent tooth loss at Marc J. Beshar Dentistry, located near Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle in Manhattan.

Our dental team in midtown Manhattan, New York City, is skilled in both non-surgical and surgical treatments for gum disease, depending on your specific dental situation. Periodontal disease is not a condition that can be solved independently or at home without the intervention of a dental specialist. You can take preventive measures at home in the form of brushing and flossing daily, using a mouth rinse, avoiding tobacco products, and getting professional cleanings on a regular schedule. Among our effective non-surgical treatments are scaling, root planing, antibiotics, and surgical procedures, including flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration, and tissue-stimulating proteins.

What Should Periodontal (Gum Disease) Examination and Classification Include?

During your initial appointment to determine if you are at risk for or already have periodontal disease, our New York City dentist, Dr. Beshar, will begin with an in-depth review of your medical history. Examining your medical history will help identify any factors that may contribute to the symptoms you are experiencing. The next step will be to examine your mouth for plaque and tartar buildup and check for easy bleeding. Next, we will measure the grooves between your gums and teeth (pockets) with a dental probe. A healthy mouth’s pocket depth is between 1 and 3 millimeters, but those who may have periodontal disease measure greater than 4 millimeters. Pockets reaching more than 5 millimeters cannot be cleaned appropriately. Lastly, we will take dental x-rays to check for bone loss in the areas where the pocket depth is the greatest. These steps will allow Dr. Beshar to determine if you have periodontal disease and then inform you of the next measures to prevent serious side effects.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy in Midtown Manhattan

When performed by a trained dental professional, the goal (and hopefully outcome) of the periodontal disease treatments is to thoroughly clean the pockets around your teeth and prevent the decay and loss of the surrounding bone. For those whose periodontal disease is not severe, treatment may take the non-surgical route. These options include:

  • Scaling – removes tartar and bacteria from tooth surfaces and under the gums.
  • Root planing – smooths root surfaces to discourage further tartar and bacteria buildup.
  • Antibiotics – topical or oral to control bacterial infection. Topical antibiotics can be mouth rinses or gels inserted between the teeth and gums or into the pockets after a deep cleaning.

Our midtown Manhattan dental team will determine which of these procedures is right for your periodontal disease and make sure you understand how the treatments work and what results to expect. We will also help you develop a good oral hygiene regimen to prevent further risk of gum disease in the future.

Surgical Periodontal Disease Therapy Manhattan, NYC


Suppose your periodontal disease is more advanced, and non-surgical treatment options will not provide relief and prevent further bone loss. In that case, our NYC dentist may recommend one or more surgical treatments depending on your specific oral health needs. These procedures include:

  • Flap surgery 
  • Soft tissue grafts 
  • Bone grafting 
  • Guided tissue regeneration 
  • Tissue-stimulating proteins

Dr. Marc J. Beshar has the knowledge and experience to provide you with exceptional oral surgery to eliminate your periodontal disease. He understands the risks associated with gum disease and wants to help you achieve the healthy smile you have always wanted. Our dental team also wants to ensure that you are comfortable with the procedure and know exactly what will be happening. We will discuss the treatment options and answer all of your questions before the process begins. 

Through these surgical procedures and implementing a solid oral health regimen every day, you can prevent the return of gum disease and all of the terrible side effects and complications that accompany it.

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Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition and can cause severe side effects, including tooth loss. Tooth loss can cause you even more pain, discomfort, and time at our office undergoing procedures that you could have avoided through preventative measures. The bacteria responsible for periodontal disease can also affect other parts of your body as it makes its way through your bloodstream. There are two easy ways to fight the onset of gum disease: 

  • Excellent oral hygiene: Brushing your teeth at least twice every day for a minimum of 2 minutes per brushing and flossing once daily, is a great preventative measure. You will clean away loosened food particles and bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Regular dental visits: Making regular dental cleaning appointments (twice per year) will significantly lower your risk of gum disease. A may need to be more frequent if you are at an increased risk of developing the condition.

Periodontal disease can have severe effects on your oral health and your overall health, so it is critical that you take these steps in preventing the development of the condition.

Why Good Dental Hygiene Is so Important

Brushing and flossing are not just activities that we instill into children so that they do not develop cavities. They are an integral part of your dental hygiene and can prevent the development of an environment conducive to bacteria’s growth responsible for gum disease. Thoroughly brushing your teeth and flossing throughout the day removes food particles that have been left behind. If not removed, these particles can begin to develop that bacteria-laden environment that leads to gum disease. 

In general, people tend to brush their teeth to avoid bad breath (especially in the morning) and prevent cavities. Fortunately, they are also helping to prevent bacteria from gathering in the pockets of their teeth and between the teeth and gums, leading to gum disease. Brushing and flossing are very simple but can have a massive impact on your oral health and can be the reason why you can avoid having to spend lots of time and money on other dental procedures like dental implants to hide potential tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease: Other Symptoms Affecting the Health of Your Gums Include:

Most of the time, periodontal disease begins with the buildup of plaque and increases in severity from there. Plaque is a sticky film composed primarily of bacteria. Plaque must be removed to prevent the onset of gum disease. Other risk factors can increase your chances of developing periodontal disease, including:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Old Fillings
  • Gingivitis
  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, etc.)
  • Drug use
  • Obesity
  • Poor nutrition 
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Autoimmune disorders

If you have any of these risk factors and feel you may be developing gum disease, contact Marc J. Beshar Dentistry in midtown Manhattan, NYC, to schedule an appointment.

PERIODONTIST IN NYC – Dr. Beshar Dentistry

Dr. Beshar has the knowledge, skills, and experience to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and determine if you are at risk for developing or already have signs of periodontal disease. He understands that gum disease can have serious negative impacts on your overall health and well-being, so he is dedicated to helping you eliminate the risk for gum disease or its terrible effects on your life. Dr. Beshar can also provide you with excellent medical advice on how to prevent gum disease, especially if you have genetic or other outside risk factors for continuing to develop the condition. 

Call our top-rated periodontist in Manhattan to schedule an appointment and determine if you may be at risk for periodontal disease. If you are at risk or already have it, we are more than capable of providing you the best possible treatment options to eliminate the issue and help you prevent it in the future.

Dr. Beshar Dentistry is New York’s Top Rated Periodontal Clinic

At Marc J. Beshar Dentistry, we are a top-rated periodontal clinic in midtown Manhattan, New York City. We pride ourselves on providing our patients with the best possible dental and periodontal care available. Dr. Beshar is a health-centered care provider with an intimate knowledge of how dental care can positively affect your overall health. He is a full-service dental care provider and focuses on staying up-to-date with the latest cosmetic and restorative dentistry advancements. No matter what your oral health concern may be, including periodontal disease, our New York City dental team has you covered. We put your health at the top of our priority list, so you can rest assured that you are in exceptional hands. Our patients’ mission is to make sure they can achieve their dental goals, minimize dental problems and emergencies, have beautiful smiles, and feel comfortable during their appointments.

Contact our NYC dental office today to set up an appointment with Manhattan dentist Dr. Marc Beshar for gum disease diagnosis and treatment. Periodontal gum disease is not a condition that will disappear without treatment, and gum disease cannot be eliminated without a dental professional’s advanced techniques. Call today to remove periodontal disease from your life and get back to living healthy.