Periodontal Treatment

Advanced General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Midtown, NY

Woman pointing to her teeth

Periodontal Treatment services offered in Midtown, New York, NY

Almost 65 million Americans have some type of gum disease. If you have red, swollen, or sensitive gums, consider periodontal treatment. Early intervention can reduce the risk of complications and enhance your oral health. At his practice in Midtown Manhattan, experienced dentist Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, provides several types of periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, and tissue grafts. To make an appointment, call the office in New York City, or book online today.

Periodontal Treatment Q & A

What is periodontal treatment?

Periodontal treatment is a branch of dentistry focused on gum disease. Dr. Geller treats both types of gum disease, including:


Gingivitis is an infection of the gums that occurs when plaque –– a collection of food, bacteria, and saliva –– hardens and collects on your teeth. As plaque builds up, it irritates your gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth.


Periodontitis is a more serious infection that occurs when gingivitis remains untreated. As periodontitis gets worse, it causes persistent bad breath, loose teeth, and bleeding gums.

When should I consider periodontal treatment?

Consider periodontal treatment at the practice of Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Gums that bleed while brushing or flossing
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Formation of deep pockets between your teeth
  • Receding gums

You should also contact Dr. Geller if you experience loose teeth or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down.

How is gum disease diagnosed?

Dr. Geller reviews your dental records, asks about your symptoms, and performs an oral exam. Then, he orders a series of computed tomography (CT) scans to get a better look at your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone (that bone that holds your teeth).

If Dr. Geller identifies symptoms of gum disease, like gum bleeding, swelling, or deep pockets, he develops a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

What are the types of periodontal treatment?

Dr. Geller offers several types of periodontal treatment, including:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Bone grafting
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Antibiotics
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Tissue-stimulating proteins
  • Flap surgery (pocket reduction surgery)

The goal of treatment is to stop the infection from spreading, preserve your teeth, and encourage optimal oral health.

How can I reduce my risk of gum disease?

There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of gum disease. Dr. Geller recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. It’s also important to eat a balanced diet and avoid sugary beverages (like soda) and tobacco.

If you’re concerned about having gum disease, request a periodontal treatment consultation at the practice of Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, by calling the office or booking online today.