Midtown Dental Services
Mark N. Jacobson, DDS
Call: (212)697-3946

Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Did you know that healthy gum tissue fits tightly around each tooth? So when bacterial plaque and tartar accumulate around and under the gums – causing inflammation – periodontal disease develops.

Also known as periodontitis, gum disease causes pockets to form in your gum tissue around your teeth. As the gum tissue detaches from your teeth, this could affect both your teeth and supporting bone in your mouth – perhaps even leading to tooth loss.

That's when scaling and root planing comes into the picture.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

A two-step procedure, the deep cleaning is known as scaling teeth, and root planing might take more than one appointment. To minimize any discomfort, you might need a local anesthetic. The goal is to thoroughly scale all plaque, bacterial toxins, and tartar deposits from your teeth and root surfaces.

How can I prevent Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease can develop without warning. It is essential to follow through with regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations. A good home care routine is vital in preventing gum disease from developing


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