Long Wharf Dental Group
1 Long Wharf Drive, Suite #221, New Haven, CT 06511

Treatment For Gingivitis and Gum Disease in New Haven, CT

Fight Gingivitis and Gum Disease with Expert Care in New Haven.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects more than three-quarters of all Americans over the age of 35. This number includes those exhibiting symptoms of any phase of the disease–from early stage gingivitis and beyond.

The causes of gum disease.

Gum disease is typically caused by the growth of bacteria, better known as plaque. When plaque doesn’t get removed during routine dental visits, it builds up on the surface of the teeth. Eventually, it will irritate the gums and destroy the tissue around the teeth. Once plaque is allowed to build up, it releases acids that harden into tartar. This tartar can be particularly difficult to remove, even with regular brushing. If not removed professionally by your Long Wharf Dental Group dentist, it will build up on teeth and gums, leading to the inflammation that causes gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease and therefore the easiest to treat. Most people will develop some form of gingivitis during their lifetimes. In its earliest phases, gingivitis can be easily missed since its symptoms are somewhat subtle. It’s important, however, to catch gingivitis while it can be treated and reversed. Regular dental care is a must to prevent the disease from worsening.

Symptoms of gum disease.

Periodontal disease, once progressed, should be easy to spot. If you notice red, swollen, and soft gums, there’s a good chance you already have some form of gum disease. You may also experience gum soreness or sensitivity to touch. Bleeding and mouth sores are other warning signs. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your Long Wharf Dental Group dentist immediately. We’ll help you prevent the disease from spreading and causing further damage to teeth and gums.

Once symptoms of gum disease are present.

Generally speaking, the earlier gum disease is treated, the better the outcome. Once the disease has developed, it can lead to serious complications, including tooth loss. This is why routine dental cleanings are so important. If you already exhibit signs of gum disease, seek immediate treatment. Your Long Wharf Dental Group dentists are the experts at stopping the spread of gingivitis and more serious periodontal disease before it causes irreparable damage.

Treatment for gum disease.

If your Long Wharf Dental Group dentist notices signs of gum disease, the goal will be to keep the disease under control. Depending on how far the disease has progressed, she or he may recommend behavioral modifications as well as deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Regular periodontal care is a must. In some cases, you may also be prescribed medications, or even require surgery. Whatever your dentist recommends, it’s important to follow through with regular daily care at home.

Prevention of gum disease.

As with most diseases, prevention is by far the best treatment for gingivitis and gum disease. If you haven’t yet experienced symptoms, make sure you get regular dental check-ups and routine cleanings. This will prevent disease-causing plaque from building up on the surface of your teeth and gums. With regular, professional dental care and good oral hygiene, you can prevent the plaque that causes more serious gum disease, or catch it before it leads to further complications such as tooth loss.

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Patient Reviews
Excellent, as usual
Bryana M.
I switched to Long Wharf Dental because of Geraldine. She has been my dental hygienist for about 25 years. She makes you feel comfortable. My family are also patients of hers.
Tina C.
Awesome dental service!
Martin B.
Dr. Lerman and Nella, the dental hygienist, were very attentive to my dental needs. I trust them both in their expertise. The office staff are very friendly, professional, and helpful.
Maria G.
I love the service they are very very compassionate about the patients that they provide service for I will recommend anyone to come here.
One L.
I drive a long distance to see Dr. Lerman. He’s the best! Also have been coming here for over 25 years. I would definitely recommend anybody needing Dental Care to come here.
Gay T.
Great experience! What I have become accustom to. Extremely professional and knowledge staff.
John S.
Dr. Lerman has been patient, friendly, and understanding during all of my visits. The entire staff is always warm and inviting. They are willing to work with you if you have a last minute emergency […]
Sebastian I.
Excellent! I’m very pleased with this dental group. Everyone is friendly including the dentist. He tells you what he’s doing every step of the way. I’ve had very good experiences and […]
Kelli B.
I usually don’t do reviews, but they were so kind and considerate when I had a bad toothache… On Friday afternoon… When I was a new patient.
Christina F.
Wonderful staff. My dentist is patient, precise and detail oriented when it comes to my procedures. I’ve never had a bad visit.
Tavonna S.
The office is very clean and welcoming, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, they put your comfort first during procedures and the outcome is always fantastic. So happy with my results!
Alyssandra L.
Great visit. Was seen immediately. Wonderful hygenist.
Nicholas N.
I have been a patient of Long Wharf dental for years. Great service, super friendly staff. I highly recommend.
Dionne W.
Lorena is the best, I can’t say enough about her. She takes pride in her work and shows that she really cares about me. I have been going here for twenty plus years and would not change a […]
Gloria D.
I’ve been a patient of this office for a many years and have always been satisfied. The staff, my doctor, Dr. Rothman, are all fantastic! They are on time, honest and they do not try and fix […]
Shawna B.
Great Staff. Always makes my visits a little more enjoyable.
Paris M.
Nice staff and great location. You won’t be disappointed.
Tiffany D.
So glad I found Dr. Rothman – I was deadly afraid of dental treatment but not anymore. Had 2 root canals done and it was nearly painless. Great staff as well – always felt very well taken […]
Gina G.
I am satisfied every time I come here. Everyone is friendly and helpful, from the receptionists to the hygienists and the dentists. Nela has given me a cleaning twice. She is gentle, explains what […]
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