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Periodontics Care in NYC

Rated 5 out of 5
May 16, 2019

Dr. Wang has performed gum surgery on all four (4) quadrants of my mouth to address and mitigate my persistent gum recession brought on by poor genetics and excessive brushing as a child. All four procedures were painless, healed very quickly, and resolved my gum issues. I have been a client of 209NYCDental for the past 20 years. Dr. Wang is without question one of the absolute best oral surgeons in New York City. He is truly exceptional.

Paul D. Van Cura

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What is periodontics?

Periodontics includes all the treatments and procedures that are used to prevent and fight gum disease, including routine teeth cleaning methods and deep cleaning methods like scaling and root planing, as well as gum graft procedures and osseous surgery to replace gum and bone tissue lost to the gum disease process. The periodontium refers to all the tissues that hold the teeth in place. This refers to the bone, the ligaments and the gums themselves.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, develops when bacteria that are found normally in your mouth lodge along the gum line where they can be difficult to brush away. Often, bacteria hides beneath hardened plaque called tartar located along the gums or between teeth. Tartar is a combination of food debris and the bacteria that colonize on the food. As these bacteria multiply, they release toxins (erosive enzymes) that cause the gum tissue to shrink away from the tooth surface. As gums recede, more of the tooth surface is exposed to damaging bacteria. Eventually, the bacteria can reach the tooth root, causing infection and loosening of the root, which ultimately can lead to tooth loss. This process is called “pocket formation”. In a healthy mouth, we find 1mm-3mm of space between the tip of the gum and where the gum attaches to the bone. As periodontal disease advances, we see pockets of 5mm-7mm, which severely jeopardizes the health, stability and ultimately the retention of the tooth. Receding gums are unsightly but more insidiously they are a precursor to dental pathology, such as root caries, and loose teeth. By biannual checkups, our office is able to nip these problems in the bud. Procedures like scaling and root planing, dental cleanings, dental osseous surgery, and proper instructions on home care and diet allow our patients to maintain great periodontal health.

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What symptoms could indicate I have gum disease?

Gum disease can cause different symptoms depending on what stage it’s in. In its earliest stages, it may cause no symptoms or very few symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms that occur during the progression of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing your teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Tooth pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Deep infections or abscesses near the roots

Periodontal disease is the number-one cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S.

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How can I prevent gum disease?

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to have twice-yearly routine dental exams and cleanings. It’s also important to avoid eating a lot of sugary foods, which serve as an ideal food source for bacteria.

Proper home care, brushing and flossing (which we teach at 209 NYC Dental) works in concert with our checkups and cleanings.


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About Dr. Ben Ifraimov

Dr. Ben Ifraimov is a top cosmetic and restorative dentist in New York City, providing the highest caliber of care for his patients at 209 NYC Dental in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan. Dr. Ifraimov has extensive training in all areas of dentistry, providing the most advanced treatments for an array of oral health issues, including implant restorations, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers and onlays, cosmetic bonding and Zoom whitening, as well as routine cleaning and examination, gum disease care and treatment, and treatment of dental emergencies.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

With over 1000 reviews from all over the web with an average rating of 4.9 we are proud to be in the Manhattan Dental Elite.

Can’t say enough good things about this place. We found this place because my partner had a dental emergency and no insurance. We both have dentist phobias that have prevented us from keeping on top of our teeth cleanings etc. and so we don’t have a regular one to go to in situations like this. I looked for the highest rated dentist in the city on Google and found this place, which mentions specialty in caring for emergencies on their site. And so I got him in the door based on that. They spoke the truth! They were so kind, patient, caring and non judgmental for my partner, it made me want to go in for my own cleaning and care. Now we’ve referred several people since! I personally have been seeing Dr. Reddy, who is a gem of a human who seems to enjoy her work. my friends have seen other dentists here and we’ve all had the best experience here and think ours is the best. :) Since it was years since my cleaning, I did need some work done over the last couple months or so and I made it to all of them. Instead of anxiety and maybe occasionally postponing as I would do in the past, I almost looked forward to my appointments. They made all the costs and insurance coverage completely clear and transparent and gave me choices. I commute from Bushwick but it’s been so worth it. If you are looking for the dentist, this is your place!
Liz P


Amazing service. I had a abcess develop while in NYC. The 209 clinic saw me same day for an effortless service. It was a third of the price of some of the dentists in mid town. Highly recommend
Dean A


Love the staff. They were patient, skills were amazing when cleaning my teeth. And were very detailed every step of the way. Facility was extra clean and smells fresh. Recommend all my colleague to come here.
James V


I've been going to 209 dental for years. I now live in Long Island and still make the trip out for my appointments. Dr Ahn is a very caring individual. Best dental experience ever!
Anna G.


This is a wonderful dental office with very professional and friendly staff and up to date technology. They took me at a very short notice when I needed emergency dental work, they were so nice and accommodating. The office itself is bright and modern, all staff are welcoming! All doctors are absolutely fantastic! The best part is that they have all Dental specialists at that office, so they’ll be able to help you with any dental issue without you leaving the office. I highly recommend 209 NYC Dental!
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