PERIODONTAL THERAPY

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Periodontal disease or gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that if untreated can affect the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth.  There are three stages of gum disease- gingivitis (least severe), periodontitis and advanced periodontitis (most severe).  

GINGIVITIS

The most common condition is gingivitis.  Plaque developing along the gum line causes inflammation of the gums surrounding the base of the teeth.  Red and swollen gums as well as gum bleeding are typical symptoms of gingivitis.  Changes in hormones caused from puberty or pregnancy could cause or intensify the disease.

PERIODONTITIS

Periodontitis can occur if gingivitis is left untreated.  Besides inflammation of the gums, periodontitis can also cause bone loss.  

 

Symptoms include red and swollen gums, and the formation of gum pockets around the teeth.  These gum pockets allow bacteria and tartar to get deeper under the gum line.  

Advance periodontitis can include the same symptoms as periodontitis as well as the loosening and even loss of teeth.

TREATMENT

Depending on the state of the disease and the patient's overall health, there are a variety of treatments from non-surgical to surgical treatments for gum disease (also known as periodontal disease).  As a preventative measure, it is imperative to practice good oral hygiene with both brushing and flossing and it is recommended that a professional dental cleaning be performed at least twice a year.   

Non-Surgical Treatments 

  • Scaling and root planing:  Dr. Scott removes plaque and tartar above and below the gum line by being scraped away (scaling) and any rough spots on the tooth are made smooth (planing).  In some instances, local anesthesia is used to make the patient comfortable.  

Surgical Treatments: 

  • Flap Surgery or Pocket Reduction Surgery:  During this procedure tartar is removed by lifting back the gums and damaged bone are smoothed.  Essentially this reduces the size of the space between the gum and the tooth, which in turn decreases the areas where harmful bacteria can grow.   

  • Bone Grafts:  Using fragments of your own bone, grafts are used to replace bone destroyed by gum disease.  This helps restore stability to to your teeth.   

  • Soft Tissue Grafts: Grafted tissues is used to help reinforce thin gums or to fill in places where gums have receded.  Typically the graft is taken from the roof of the mouth. 

  • Guided Tissue Regeneration:  When the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed, this procedure stimulates bone and gum tissue growth.  A small mesh-like fabric is inserted between the bone and gum tissue and helps keep the gum tissue from growing into the area where the bone should be.   This allows the bone and connective tissue to regrow to better support the teeth and can be done in combination with flap surgery. 

  • Bone Surgery: Following flap surgery,  the bone around the tooth is reshaped to decrease craters from moderate to advanced bone loss.  The smoother surface makes it harder for bacteria to collect and grow.  

Location and Hours

Warren Dentist

Serving Warren, NJ and Surrounding Areas

161 Washington Valley Rd, Suite 202

Warren, NJ 07059

Hours

Monday: 7:30am- 7:30pm

Tuesday: 5:00pm- 9:00pm

Wednesday: 7:30am- 7:30pm

Thursday: 7:30am- 7:30pm

Friday: 7:30am- 5:30pm

Saturdays: 8:00am- 2:00pm

Sundays: Closed

161 Washington Valley Rd, Suite 202   |   Warren, NJ   |   732-630-6672

DELUXE DENTAL GROUP

161 Washington Valley Rd
STE 202
Warren, NJ 07059
732-630-6672

 

Monday: 7:30am- 7:30pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm- 9:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am- 7:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am- 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am- 5:30pm
Saturdays: 8:00am- 2:00pm
Sundays: Closed

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