Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.


A Look at the Different Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common dental condition that can lead to serious complications if it goes untreated. Your Manhattan dentist will customize your treatment plan according to which stage of gum disease you have. Keep reading to learn about the symptoms and complications of the different stages of gum disease, and which treatments your dentist may recommend.

The different stages of gingivitis.

Food particles left on the teeth contribute to the buildup of bacteria, which turns into plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, it irritates the gums. The gums become inflamed and they bleed more readily. This condition is called gingivitis. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dentist visit right away. It’s easier to reverse the early stage of gum disease than to treat it when it progresses. Your dentist will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gum line to remove the plaque and tartar buildup. You will receive advice on caring for your oral health at home to prevent a recurrence of gingivitis. Your dentist may also recommend additional lifestyle measures, such as following a tooth-friendly diet and quitting tobacco use.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it develops into periodontitis. At this stage of gum disease, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth and form pockets, in which bacteria continues to build up. The gum line may also begin to recede. Periodontitis causes the deterioration of the bone which anchors your teeth. If you notice a persistent bad taste in your mouth, discharge with pus, or changes in your bite pattern, see your dentist promptly. Periodontal therapies such as scaling and root planing and an aggressive at-home oral care routine can help prevent further damage.

Advanced Periodontitis
This final stage of gum disease often involves tooth loss due to the continued destruction of tissues and bone. Your dentist may recommend surgical procedures, such as laser gum surgery and dental implants.

If you suspect an oral problem such as gum disease, schedule a dentist visit as soon as possible. Call the Manhattan practice of Dr. Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates at (212) 279-1232. You can also visit our website to learn more about gum disease and periodontal therapy. 

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday