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Gum Disease Specialist

Nikhil M. Patel, DMD

Laser Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Worcester, MA

Almost half of adults aged 30 and older in the United States have some form of gum disease, which can ruin a beautiful smile and even lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, Nikhil M. Patel, DMD, can treat gum disease before serious problems arise. He uses state-of-the-art lasers at his self-titled practice in Worcester, Massachusetts. If you want to treat your gum disease, call or book an appointment online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection in your gums caused by a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, that builds up over time and hardens. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which causes inflamed, swollen and red gums. Fortunately, gingivitis is often reversed by using good oral hygiene practices and seeing your dentist regularly.

If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into gum disease, which can lead to serious oral health problems, including tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Common symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed
  • Receding gums
  • Gums that feel sore
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitive teeth

It’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel as soon as you experience symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease, because the earlier you catch it, the simpler the treatment is.

What are the risk factors for gum disease?

Certain genetic and lifestyle factors can increase your risk for developing gum disease, such as:

  • Your genetic makeup
  • Taking certain medications
  • Poor brushing and flossing habits
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy

To lower your risk of developing gum disease, brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash regularly. You should also avoid sugary drinks and other sweet treats when possible.

How is gum disease treated?

Dr. Patel treats gum disease using FDA-approved, state-of-the-art laser treatment that’s considered the new standard of care for gum disease. During the procedure, Dr. Patel uses a laser to remove harmful bacteria and diseased gum tissue, leaving your healthy gum tissue in place.

Without the need for cutting or stitches, you’ll experience less swelling, less bleeding, and a faster recovery time with laser treatment when compared with traditional gum surgery. You shouldn’t feel any pain during your procedure, but you may experience a slight warming sensation.

If you’re ready to save your smile by eliminating gingivitis or gum disease, call Nikhil M. Patel, DMD or book your appointment online.