(631) 247-0977

Long Island Dental Specialty
23 Southdown Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Periodontal Treatment / Gum Treatment in Huntington, NY

Periodontal disease, which is also called gum disease or periodontitis, is often painless with no obvious symptoms. Many people are shocked when they learn that the first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. If it’s not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults and has been linked to diabetes and heart disease.

Call our board-certified periodontist in Huntington today at (631) 247-0977 to schedule an appointment. You’ll leave your appointment understanding how periodontal disease is impacting your oral health, the next steps for treatment, and what you can do at home to help manage this chronic disease.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

There are millions of bacteria in our mouths. Some kinds are good; they break down the food that we eat. Other kinds form plaque, which can erode the enamel of your teeth, leading to decay (cavities), and damaging the soft tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place.

Daily brushing and flossing can prevent the acidic bacteria from accumulating on the teeth (plaque) and below the gumline. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of periodontal disease. Other factors that lead to gum infection include heredity, poor nutrition, stress, smoking, hormone changes, certain medications, and some diseases such as diabetes and HIV. Age can also be an important factor. Almost half of Americans over age 30 have some form of gum disease, and more than 70% of Americans over the age of 65 have periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What Are Common Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. It often has no obvious symptoms, or the infection may cause the gums to become red and swollen or they may even bleed. If left untreated, the disease becomes worse. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums and lead the erosion of the tissues and bone that support the teeth. The teeth may become loose and eventually fall out or need to be extracted.

As periodontal disease advances, it may cause symptoms such as:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Painful to chew
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in how the teeth fit together

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic disease, like diabetes. With proper management, it can be controlled, but it cannot be cured. Only the first stage (gingivitis) can be reversed. Once the disease advances, it requires regular monitoring and treatment.

Some types of treatment can be performed at a general dentist’s office. Other cases will be referred to a periodontal office like ours. Our periodontist can use special tools to remove the plaque and bacteria from under the gum line through a process called scaling and root planing. The process is comfortable; we use a local anesthetic to numb the area and have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) available to help our patients relax. We can even arrange for an anesthesiologist should the patient prefer to sleep through the entire procedure.

If periodontal disease leads to severe gum recession, we may recommend additional procedures to replace the gum tissue that was lost.

What Other Diseases Are Associated with Periodontal Disease?

Research has linked periodontal disease (gum disease) with other types of disease. The bacteria and toxins that cause periodontal disease can travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. Clinical studies have linked periodontal disease to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, some types of cancer, and pre-term births.

What Is Periodontal Maintenance?

Since periodontal disease is a chronic disease, like diabetes, it requires some effort to keep it in check. People with gum disease need periodontal maintenance visits. The periodontist, general dentist, or hygienist can perform the necessary treatment three or four times a year to remove any new plaque from beneath the gum line and ensure the periodontal disease is under control.

It’s important to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine at home as well. People should brush their teeth two times a day, for two minutes each time. Daily flossing and other techniques we will show you will help remove plaque and prevent the disease from advancing.

Call Today for a Periodontal Consultation

Call our office today at (631) 247-0977 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kapoor. It’s the first step to restoring your oral health and preserving your teeth, gums, and jawbone so you can eat and laugh with ease for years to come.

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This is a wonderful office. Dr Marcus got to the root (just a small pun intended!) of two problems in the summer of 2015. He is an amazing endodontist and did everything he could to make me a pain free person.

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From the moment you walk in the office your treated professionally and courteously. Dr. Marcus is clearly an expert in what he does and his personality helped squelch my fear. Great staff as well!

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Dr. Marcus is so kind, patient, and professional. You can’t find better care on Long Island. Highly recommended!!!!

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Dr Marcus and his staff are absolutely amazing. Needed to get my 8 year old daughter in for a broken tooth. They were more then accommodating. They were able to give me an appointment the same day. Dr Marcus made my daughter laugh and made her feel at ease. Absolutely wonderful doctor. The staff from the front desk girls to the MA were amazing. Highly recommend this office.

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Dr. Marcus patiently waited over an hour for me to get numb and took care of a badly infected tooth that had me in misery for three days. The pain is gone now and I have my tooth. Thanks a million, Dr. Marcus, to you and your staff!

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I absolutely love the staff here , I called with an emergency at 10 pm and dr marcus called me back and offered to Open the office in order to help me get comfortable I think that is amazing service. The following morning he saw me at 645 am and the staff was so nice and understanding they really helped with the anxiety I was feeling.. The staff even followed up with me the following day. They jus…

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Dr. Marcus made my daughter’s root canal experience one that she will remember in a positive way. In fact, she laughed and smiled through the experience instead of having the fear that she usually has. Not only was Dr. Marcus amazing but his staff was as well. They spent an extra hour helping me through an insurance issue! I highly recommend using Dr. Marcus for your child or yourself!!

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I have been a patient of Rick Marcus for a number of years and have always found him to be outstanding. He works practically without any discomfort with root canals and is always using the latest proven techniques. He is highly skilled and has a perfect touch. Today I had a periodontal cleaning with a new hygienist named Julie and that too was an excellent experience. This is an office that consis…

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Excellent, fast. Great experience!

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I’ve had root canal treatments from three different endodontists, two of them being the main ones in Huntington. I know for sure that Dr. Marcus is by far your best choice. His office is very nice and comfortable and his front desk staff members are very nice. There’s a keurig coffee maker in the waiting room so I always have a nice cup of coffee while I’m waiting. He runs very close to on t…

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Dr Marcus and his staff always go the extra mile and provide unparalleled medical care and service. He has been treating me for years and I can’t imagine going anywhere else. He is not only a skilled clinician but the nicest person you’ll ever meet. Would recommend him to all my friends and family.

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Dr. Marcus is the absolute best endodontist around. He makes a root canal actually a pleasant experience! Great organized office as well… highly recommend!

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Dr. Marcus is the best doctor I have ever visited hands down. He was so attentive and helped me to locate the pain that no other dentist could. I tell all my friends and family to go to him – 100% the best!

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Could not say enough about how professional both Dr. Marcus and his staff are. I had a pretty painful tooth issue that my normal dentist immediately assessed would need a root canal back in April. I quickly made an appointment with Dr. Marcus. I was treated amazingly by both the staff setting me up, the assistant in the room helping Dr . Marcus and most importantly, the skill and compassion from D…

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Dr Marcus is a consumate professional who always takes the time to fully explain all conditions and options available to you in a comprehensive and yet understandable manor. His professionalism, including his staff, are unequaled to any other office I have been to. I could not give a higher recommendation to any individual. Sincerely, John O’Brien

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Dr. Marcus is amazing! When I needed emergency root canal over the Christmas holiday, he not only made sure to get me on the calendar immediately, but treated me as if I was one of his own patients. I live in Philadelphia and was told by my local dentist that I was SOL as they were closed for the holiday (without coverage). I’d tried calling several other oral surgeons, but none of them would se…

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