Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is important to catch before it starts to progress. We provide periodontal therapy in Point Pleasant to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
The most common characteristic of periodontitis is bone loss around your teeth. Your teeth will loosen up and may fall out. Aside from bad breath and bleeding gums, there are very few early warning signals in the early stages of gum disease. It accelerates silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth, and you don’t know why.
Regular dental checkups can detect periodontal disease at even its earliest stages. Book a visit with us today to make sure you aren’t showing early signs of periodontal disease.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the soft tissue and supporting bone structure around teeth. Bacterial plaque that has hardened to form tartar can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist, and when it isn’t removed regularly, the result is damage to these supportive tissues. There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis – The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and this condition can usually be reversed or significantly improved with minor periodontal therapy options.
- Periodontitis – The more advanced form of gum disease is called periodontitis, and it can be much more damaging to the smile.
SCALING & ROOT PLANING TREATMENTS
Scaling and root planing are non-surgical procedures used to treat advanced cases of gingivitis preventing the development of periodontitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface while root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the damaged gum tissues and tooth structures.
HOW TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE
The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain daily oral hygiene and keep up with regular dental visits. A few other important prevention methods include:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Replace your toothbrush every few months
- Keep up with regular teeth cleanings
- Avoid smoking
- Use mouthwash
Even if you do everything right, periodontal disease can still show up. In that case, you’ll need professional teeth cleaning to help you get rid of it.
GUM DISEASE TREATMENT IN POINT PLEASANT, NJ
Our experienced dentist treats every stage of gum disease in patients, from early signs to advanced stages. If tooth loss becomes the only option due to problems from advanced gum disease, we also provide cosmetic dentistry options to restore your smile such as porcelain veneers and dental implants.
Call us today or schedule an appointment online to ensure your mouth stays healthy and beautiful!