What Are Your Options for Gum Disease Treatment in Manhattan, NY?

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When brushing or flossing your teeth, are you noticing bleeding gums? To the average American, bleeding gums may seem normal but that is usually not the case. If you have sore or bleeding gums, that is considered far from normal. Bleeding gums is more like a periodontal issue that needs to be cured in Manhattan, NY.

Millions of people are affected by gum disease. The breakdown of bone around your teeth is caused by harmful oral bacteria called gum disease. If you do not treat this in time, it could cause damage to the rest of your body. A dentist can help you decide the best option for gum disease treatment.

Gum Disease Related Health Problems

If your gum disease goes untreated, you run the risk of having major health problems such as:

  • A stoke
  • Diabetes
  • Tooth loss
  • Heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Certain cancers
  • Bone loss
  • Complications with pregnancy
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Respiratory disease

The Stages Of Gum Disease

When gum disease is caught in time (gingivitis or early stage), it is still in the curable stage. Once it reaches the advanced stage, you run the risk of becoming incurable. There are three stages of gum disease:


when plaque and calculus builds up around the gumline, this is considered the first stage of gum disease. Bleeding and swelling gums while brushing is usually a sign of gingivitis. At this stage, the gum disease can be reversed since it has not reached the bone.


your gums may start to recede, and hollow areas known as periodontal pockets begin to form between your gums and teeth. This is the second stage of gum disease. The hollow areas store plaque, tartar, and disease-causing bacteria. At this stage, bacteria have reached the gum and may have caused permanent damage. Seek immediate treatment from a trusted doctor to prevent further damage.

Advanced periodontitis:

Advanced periodontitis is the third stage of gum disease. This means that the connective tissues and jawbone that are supporting your teeth have been severely damaged. Your teeth may start to shift, fall out, or even loosen. Malocclusion and changes in your bite, as well as oral function limitations can be results of this disease in this stage. Osseous surgery is recommended to manage the disease.

Get The Specialized Care You Need

Dr. Alexander and Michelle Volchonok, and their highly skilled team at AVPeriondontics, offer different specialized care for your gum disease treatment needs; scaling and root planning, laser gum treatment, osseous surgery, gingivectomy, and periodontal maintenance.

Scaling and root planning is the first non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. The removal of the plaque below and above the gumline is called scaling.

The smoothing of the surface is calling root planning.

Minimally invasive surgery without cuts is called the laser gum treatment.

Removal of the gum diseased gum tissue and repairing bone damage is osseous surgery. It is the most aggressive when it comes to advances gum disease.

Gingivectomy is the process of removing extra gums.

Periodontal maintenance is done four times a year to remove the bacteria and plaque buildup at and below the gumline.


Get Started Today!

Getting specialized care for gum disease treatment can be found at our office in Manhattan, NY. Get in contact with our doctor,  Dr. Alexander Volchonok, DMD, MS, in our AVPeriodontics office to schedule your consultation today! 

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