Robert Zarabi, DDS

Restorative & Dental Surgeon located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Approximately 64 million Americans age 30 or over have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Robert Zarabi is a periodontist with extensive experience and training in treating, diagnosing, and preventing periodontal disease with a variety of effective testing and treatment methods. Dr. Zarabi values his patients and takes time to provide individualized care. Call or book online to visit the comfortable Midtown East, New York, office.

Periodontist Q & A

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease. They can also place dental implants – effective hardware that acts as artificial tooth roots and securely attach to and stabilize prosthesis.

Periodontists like Dr. Zarabi also have expertise in oral inflammation and receive extensive training beyond dental school. During training and practice, periodontists stay up to date with the latest technological advances in the field.

Periodontists like Dr. Zarabi undergo specific training in cosmetic periodontal procedures, and they’re also especially well-equipped to handle more problematic and advanced periodontal cases, such as severe gum disease or treating patients with a complex medical history.

A periodontist uses diagnostic tools and testing methods like X-rays and measuring probes. They can provide treatments such as:

  • Scaling
  • Root planing
  • Surgical procedures, including dental implants

What is periodontal disease?

Your gums are the tissues that hold your teeth in place, and periodontal disease refers to an infection in these tissues.

Plaque – a sticky film of bacteria – builds up and hardens on your teeth. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Tooth loss
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore, painful gums

Certain risk factors increase your likelihood of getting periodontal disease, including:

  • Smoking
  • Lack of dental hygiene
  • Eating sugary foods in excess

In many cases, periodontal disease can be avoided. Be sure to brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time, and floss once a day.

Pay attention to any changes in the way your gums and teeth look and feel. You should also try to consume a healthy balanced diet and steer clear of excess sugary foods.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is often caused by poor dental hygiene and poor brushing and flossing habits. If adequate teeth cleaning is regularly performed both at home and at your regular six-month dental checkups, this significantly reduces the risk of plaque developing, hardening, and festering on your teeth.

Adequate brushing and flossing can scrape away and get rid of any buildup. For more information on preventive care for periodontal disease and to visit a skilled periodontist, call Dr. Zarabi and his professional dental team or book online today.