Gum Disease Treatment

Also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease, gum disease affects about 80% of the adult population in America, and it also affects children. The condition begins when bacteria from plaque multiply and cause periodontal pockets, a separation of gum tissue from the base of teeth. In these dark, moist, warm pockets, the bacteria grow rapidly, and infection begins. Gums may become red, puffy, or tender. They may also bleed when you brush your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum and bone deterioration, tooth loss, and increased risk for heart attack, stroke, respiratory problems, low-weight birth, diabetes complications, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other serious health problems.

Gum Disease DiagramIn the early stage, gum disease may be treated with deep cleaning by a dental hygienist. Our hygienist will gently remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Then he or she will smooth rough areas on your teeth roots. The procedures are known as scaling and root planing. In some cases, an antibiotic is applied to fight infection. After deep cleaning, frequent hygiene checkups are recommended to prevent recurrence.

When gum disease progresses to the point that surgery is needed to remove dead tissue and promote new tissue growth, we will refer you to a trusted periodontist for specialty care.

If you live in Union County (Union, Roselle Park, Springfield, Summit), visit our Elizabeth dental office. Schedule your family’s checkups, consultations, or second-opinion dental visits at our Elizabeth office  by calling (908) 355-0300. However, we have lots of patients coming to our office from far away like: Atlantic City; New York City; Upstate NY; Providence, RI; Maryland; Boston, MA and Florida.

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