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Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious issue that can result in tooth loss, gum recession, bad breath, and general health problems.

With comprehensive periodontal care, we can protect your gums and teeth from further damage and decay.

At Brooklyn Heights Dental®, Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile.

Our practice in Brooklyn Heights, NY, serves patients from Fort Greene and other areas of Brooklyn.

A Dramatic Transformation View Our Before and After Photos

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After treatment
This patient avoided dental care for 15 years. She underwent a deep cleaning to improve her periodontal health. In addition, severely damaged teeth were extracted. To restore her smile, we used a combination of dental implants, crowns, and a semi-precision attachment removable partial denture.

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Laser Surgery for Gum Disease

For years I suffered with Gum disease.  I had major problems with my teeth and the bones.  Dr. Stanislaus performed the Laser surgery, it was like a miracle.  My gums are now healthy and I am so grateful for what Eugene has accomplished.  His practice offers a true professional environment.  Somehow, as a patient I always feel welcome when I am there for a procedure.  I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to his practice.  Great  Dentist, one of the best.
Max Lilavois

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Our first goal is to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis from occurring in the first place. Our team can often prevent periodontal disease by providing regular cleanings and exams at our practice serving patients throughout Brooklyn. Routine dental care, including exams and cleanings, will remove plaque before it causes bacteria to build up. At your biannual visits, we can also explain the most effective ways to care for your smile at home.

Contact our practice online to ask a question or request an appointment so we can prevent or treat gum disease. You can also reach us by phone:

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What Causes Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal disease occurs when plaque collects along and beneath the gum line, attracting bacteria, which infect and damage the soft tissues. Periodontal disease may be caused by poor oral hygiene. However, certain medications, medical conditions, and genetics can also increase the risk of gum disease.

The Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis typically causes minor inflammation, redness, tenderness, and bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing.

The more advanced stage of gum disease, periodontitis, causes more noticeable symptoms including:

  • Painful and bleeding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A receding gum line, causing teeth to appear longer
  • Loss of underlying bone tissue
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The Consequences of Periodontitis

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Without prompt treatment, gum disease can have serious consequences. As the gums start to recede, tooth loss can occur. The jawbone may also start to recede, further speeding tooth loss. Jawbone recession can alter the overall structure and appearance of the face.

Impact On Overall Health

Perhaps even more significantly, periodontal disease can negatively affect your overall health. Studies show that patients with periodontitis are at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease may also make it difficult to manage diabetes and maintain healthy blood sugar.

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Nicoleta Brandolini


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Yesterday was my first time in the office and I felt very welcomed from the moment I walked in. I was very happy with the service they provided, and I will return.

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Cecilia Caines-Brown


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This was hands down the absolute best dental experience I have ever had in my life! They are professional, compassionate and I am so happy I found them.

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Contact Our Practice

If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, or you have neglected your routine dental visits, do not delay the care you need. Our practice serves patients from Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, and other areas of Brooklyn.

Contact our practice online today to send a message or request an appointment so we can help restore your smile. You can also reach us by phone:

Gum Disease Treatment Options

We offer several treatment options if we detect gum disease. By addressing these problems early, we can prevent long-term damage to your smile. Drs. Stanislaus and Reid offer treatment for all stages of gum disease.

Dental Cleanings

Did you know that plaque hardens into tartar after 24 hours? That means skipping flossing for just one day or failing to remove all signs of plaque can result in tartar build up. Tartar typically can't be removed with brushing and flossing. But it can be removed with professional dental tools such as dental picks.

We remove accumulated tartar that has built up between the teeth, along the gum line, and in other hard to reach areas. If the early signs of gum disease are identified, a professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits at home may be all that is needed to treat the condition.

Dental Cleanings

Scaling and Root Planing

If you are suffering from gingivitis, you may require a deep cleaning, also referred to as scaling and root planing. Your dentist or hygienist will clean pockets of bacteria from your gums, first numbing the gums to minimize discomfort. After cleaning the pockets, we will smooth the tooth roots. Rough patches can trap bacteria, so a deep cleaning will help prevent gum disease from recurring.

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Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique can treat the gum recession that often occurs as a result of gum disease. When gum recession occurs, it can expose the roots of the teeth, causing increased sensitivity. This can also affect the appearance of your smile. With this surgery, we can loosen and reposition surrounding gum tissue to treat receding gums. Small strips of collagen are also placed to support and stabilize the gums. After healing, the tooth roots have more protection and the gum line looks more even and healthy.

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique


If you are suffering from more advanced gum disease, you may be a candidate for LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) treatment. After numbing your gums, Dr. Stanislaus will insert a tiny laser into the space between your tooth and gums. The laser will eradicate bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. In most cases, you will need two rounds of treatment, neither of which requires significant recovery time.


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Katheryn Keller


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Dr. Reid and the amazing, kind staff were very patient and thorough in explaining the state of my teeth and super helpful in setting up my follow up visit. Registering as a new patient was a breeze and the overall vibe was so good that I'll actually look forward to my next cleaning instead of the usual dental dread.

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Hannah Yu


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It was my first time at this dental office and my experience was exceptional from start to finish. The office staff was pleasant and the hygienist and Dr. Reid were expert and gentle in their care. Every question was answered and concerns were addressed thoroughly. I had a very pleasant visit and would highly recommend this office!

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Dr. Stanislaus of Brooklyn Heights Dental®

Brooklyn Heights Dental®

The team at Brooklyn Heights Dental® has been committed to caring for our community's smiles since 1956. Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are affiliated with several renowned institutions and organizations, including:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The International College of Dentists
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

To set up an appointment or learn more about our services, give us a call at (718) 857-6639 or contact us online.

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"I've been very happy with my experiences at Dr. Stanislaus's office, and highly recommend him to anyone in the New York City area. He and his staff go above and beyond to do the best job possible." -R.B. (Patient)

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