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Gum Disease

Untreated periodontal (gum) disease can progress from gingivitis to periodontitis, a chronic oral health issue. 

Our dentists can help you overcome the early stages of periodontal disease or control more advanced cases.

When people in Lakeville, NY, have bleeding gums, inflamed gum tissue, and other symptoms of gum disease, they come to Lakeview Dental. 

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a two-stage condition caused by excess oral bacteria.


During the first stage, called gingivitis, bacteria will gather along your gum line. These buildups cause mild inflammation and redness. In some cases, you could experience minor bleeding, especially when brushing and flossing your teeth. As the bacteria flourishes, it moves deeper into your gums, and periodontitis can develop.

Periodontal Disease

At this stage, bacterial pockets can form around your tooth roots, causing your gumline to recede and your connective tissues to become loose. Along with gum recession, you could experience significant discomfort, bleeding, chronic bad breath, and tooth loss. In advanced cases, your jawbone could also start to recede.

Some Causes of Gum Disease

Aside from poor oral hygiene, here are some common causes of periodontal disease:

Tobacco Use

Smoking and other forms of tobacco use are directly linked to periodontal disease. Quitting smoking and abstaining from tobacco will greatly benefit your dental health.

Certain Diseases

HIV, diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other health issues are known to cause periodontitis.


Antibiotics and specific medications can be damaging to your teeth and gums. Be sure to tell your dentist or periodontist about all of the medications you're taking.


Women are more likely to develop gum disease due to changing hormones during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, consult your dentist to maintain your best possible oral health.

What Sets Our Dental Care Apart

Empowering Patients

We create master plans that our patients' co-author to help visualize and meet their dental goals. At our Lakeville office, each treatment room is equipped with a computer and flatscreen monitor. These allow Dr. Brian Hirschfield to review x-rays and explain diagnoses and treatment options in detail, ultimately helping patients make more informed decisions about their care. 

Sedation Dentistry

Treatment at our Lakeville office is designed to be as comfortable and painless as possible. We offer general anesthesia, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Dr. Hirschfield received special sedation certification from the state of New York and has an anesthesiologist who comes to the office to ensure the utmost safety.

World-Class Training

Dr. Hirschfield strives to stay at the forefront of dental care. To continue to do so, he has completed more than 1,000 hours in advanced postdoctoral education. He has also trained at the world-famous Misch International Implant Institute. The proficiency with dental implants he developed allows him to replace your teeth if gum disease caused tooth loss. 

Superior Comfort

Periodontal disease and gingivitis are painful enough. We do not want our patients to feel any additional pain during treatment. We offer numerous amenities to ensure your comfort. These include Tempur-Pedic chair pads that contour to your body, and a comfort syringe that administers anesthesia without patients feeling the needle. 

Sterilization Center

We meet and exceed standards for sterilization. Our commitment to cleanliness includes heat-sterilized handpieces and instruments, ADA-approved disinfectants, and state-of-the-art antiseptic procedures. 

Our dentists look forward to helping you. Under our care, you can avoid loose teeth, bad breath, an inflamed gum line, and other complications related to gum disease.

Talk to Us Today  to Prevent and Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that can affect your appearance, dental health, and overall health. Through various periodontal treatments, Dr. Brian Hirschfield can help prevent and treat gum disease at his Lakeville, NY, practice. Lakeview Dental can provide the regular exams and professional cleanings needed to prevent gum disease, as well as the treatments needed to resolve active cases of gum disease.

Treatment options include scaling and root planing, topical antibiotics, and gum surgery. In caring for your gums, we can help to prevent tooth loss, bone atrophy, and major systemic health issues. Call or contact us online today if you are experiencing bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, swollen gum tissue, or other symptoms of periodontal disease. 

(585) 346-3028

Lakeville, NY, Trusts Our Dentists


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Periodontal treatment is extremely important to your smile, oral function, and overall well-being. Our Lakeville team can both prevent and treat gum disease, depending on your needs. 

Prevention Is Key 

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Proactive Prevention

Prevention is the best way to address gum disease. Dr. Hirschfield stresses the importance of routine dental appointments. When you visit our office twice a year, our team can evaluate important risk factors and eliminate the bacteria responsible for periodontitis. We can also detect the earliest symptoms of gingivitis and treat the condition before you experience major complications.

Of course, along with professional care, it is also important to maintain your oral health at home. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is vital to avoiding risk factors, as is a healthy diet. At your bi-annual visits, we will discuss your hygiene habits and provide tips to improve your dental wellness.

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Treating & Beating Gum Disease

Although we work to prevent gum disease, we can also treat the condition when it does develop. After a thorough evaluation of your gums and a discussion of your symptoms, we can determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

To treat moderate gum disease, we will most often recommend scaling and root planing, a process of removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline and treating the tooth surfaces to prevent future buildup.

If you have more serious periodontitis, you may require gum grafting to replace diseased gum tissue. Our team can provide a referral to a trusted surgeon if we are unable to meet your needs in-house.

Meet Our Periodontist

Alessandro Geminiani, DDS, is the visiting periodontist at Lakeview Dental. As a board-certified periodontist, he can treat complicated and advanced cases of gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental issues.

Our Lakeville, NY, dentists believe in providing the best services possible for our patients, and are happy to have Dr. Geminiani in our office. He can thoroughly assess the health of your gums, discuss your risk factors, identify any issues, and provide the right treatment to help you achieve the best possible oral health.

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After Scaling and Planing Treatment

You may be prescribed some antibiotics after your treatment to further promote your gum health. If you experience any excessive bleeding, pain, or other adverse side effects after scaling and root planing, contact our Lakeville office right away. 

Patients Recommend Treatment By Our Lakeview Practice 


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After a hiatus because of no insurance, I went back to Lakeview Dental. Although they have changed a little, it is for the better. I believe I am better educated now and I am grateful to be back on a plan to keep my teeth healthy. Everyone is personable and great and they all do a wonderful job.

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Susan Lovallo


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Always the best of care and staff may be different now but even so replacements are just as nice. Miss Lisa but had Nicole today. As usual for me I don’t anticipate having a new hygienist, but Nicole put this big baby at ease from the moment I met her until I left. She was just so nice and pleasant. Totally awesome.

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Save Your Oral Health  With the Help of Our Lakeville, NY, Practice

Untreated gingivitis and periodontitis poses too many risks to your oral health and overall health to ignore. Gum disease treatment from Lakeview Dental can save your teeth and prevent the need for intensive procedures in the future.

Some patients may believe their gums can't recover from periodontal disease if it caused a tooth to fall out. Not only can your gums be treated if the disease has reached an advanced stage, but we can also fill any gaps in your smile with implant-supported replacement teeth.

Request a consultation at our Lakeville office today if you're suffering from poor gum health:

Call (585) 346-3028

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Love this place! We have been going here for 25 years and have always been pleased with their service. Very friendly and efficient!

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Everyone was so nice and made me feel very welcome. I am so happy I came here and looking forward to getting my dental work done. Dr. Brenda and everyone are wonderful!!!!

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Lakeview Dental

Dr. Brian Hirschfield and the Lakeview Dental team provide comprehensive dental care in a caring, compassionate setting. We are affiliated with some of the leading dental organizations, including the: 

  • American Dental Association 
  • New York State Dental Association 
  • Misch International Implant Institute 

We can help you find an individually tailored solution that helps you maintain a healthy, radiant smile for years to come. To get started, call our office at (585) 346-3028 or request a consultation online

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"The staff is extremely capable, cheerful and team-oriented. The health of my teeth and the quality of my smile are their focus. They are experts at what they do."

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