Periodontal Therapy in East Brunswick, NJ
We can help you maintain optimal periodontal health.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that one in every two Americans over thirty has periodontal disease. The good news is that periodontal diseases are prevented and can be cured. Dental Magik East Brunswick, NJ, offers a wide range of services that will help you maintain your periodontal health. We want to make sure your smile looks, feels, and functions its best.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease. It’s a group of inflammatory diseases that affect your “periodontium,” the soft and hard tissues around and supporting your teeth. Gum disease, similar to tooth decay, is caused by harmful bacteria found in dental plaque and tartar. Periodontal disease can progress painlessly, so you might not be aware that it is happening. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene, regular schedule checkups, professional cleanings, and routine care. Taking care of your smile includes being mindful of the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
Some indications that you may have periodontal disease include:
- Inflamed and red gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums and exposed tooth root surfaces
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Teeth that feel loose
- New spaces developing between the teeth or a change in the bite
- Change in the fit of existing partial dentures
- Discharge around the teeth and gums
- Sharp or dull pain when biting down or chewing food
How can gum disease be treated?
The type of periodontal care you receive will depend on many factors, such as the stage of your periodontal disease, the extent of tissue damage, overall health, medical conditions, and any other considerations. After an in-depth assessment of your case, we will discuss the options available to restore and maintain optimal periodontal health. We are available to answer your questions, provide guidance, and address any concerns.
When Should i go for Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment?
We can treat periodontal disease with non-surgical or conservative methods. Periodic, professional cleanings can be sufficient to maintain gum health in patients suffering from gum disease. However, if the condition is severe, it is recommended that you seek deeper cleanings and other non-surgical care options. American Academy of Periodontology stresses the importance of maintaining periodontal health using minimally invasive and economical treatment options. Scaling and Root planning are non-surgical procedures that you can use to prevent the development of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing removes any plaque or tartar (hardened plaque) below the gumline. The root surfaces of the teeth are then smoothed. Periodontal disease is caused by an inflammatory response to plaque and tartar as well as bacterial toxins. It can stop this by mechanically eliminating the agents. As an adjunct to reducing bacteria, you can also remove plaque and tartar by performing a scaling and root planing procedure. Surgery may be an option to stop periodontal disease from progressing and repair as much damage as possible.
When Should i go for Periodontal Surgery?
Periodontal surgery is recommended for gum disease that has progressed beyond its initial stages. This procedure removes bacteria and tartar from the teeth and reduces the depth of the gingival pockets. It also restores lost tissue and stops the disease from getting worse. Gum disease can continue to affect your teeth’ support and have severe consequences for your overall dental health.
Untreated gingivitis can progress to more severe stages of gum disease. As a result, periodontal pockets become more profound and more difficult to clean. The gaps between the gums and teeth also get more comprehensive. Gum surgery is recommended when the pocket depth reaches 5mm or more and is beyond the reach and ability of other conservative care methods.
The good news is that with proper surgical treatment followed by improved oral hygiene, the chances of tooth loss, further damage to the bone and soft tissues supporting the teeth, and complications from health problems that are linked to periodontal disease can be decreased.
The goals of pocket reduction surgery are to accomplish the following:
- Remove sub-gingival bacteria beneath the gums and from the surfaces of the roots of the teeth.
- Halt damage to the underlying bone, and recontour the affected hard tissues as needed
- Reduce pocket depth to facilitate easier cleaning of the teeth and gums and the maintenance of optimal periodontal health
A periodontal procedure (also known as flap surgery) is often recommended. This procedure involves removing the gums from the affected area and exposing the supporting bone. It can now clean the root and pocket of the tooth thoroughly and rearrange the supportive tissues as necessary. Once this step is completed, It can reattach the tissue flag.
Dental lasers can also be used for special periodontal procedures in addition to traditional surgical care. Laser technology is used when it’s appropriate to treat periodontitis and reduce the depth of pockets. You can also use it to address peri-implantitis.