Periodontal disease is an ailment that affects the gums and tissues supporting the teeth. It is caused due to the accumulations of plaque and tartar deposits on the teeth as a consequence of insufficient oral hygiene. If not treated on time, advanced gum disease (periodontal) can lead to tooth loss and severe health issues.
Gum disease does not always display visible symptoms, making it imperative to avail regular dental exams to ensure good oral health. The symptoms may be subtle during the initial stages of the infection, but without treatment, the disease will progress to more severe conditions.
At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we always emphasize the importance of maintaining good gum health for patients of all ages, and especially adults.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
You may experience:
- Swollen, inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent foul breath
- Gum recession
- Pus discharge near the tooth roots
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
Scaling and Root Planing
If plaque and bacterial accumulations are the primary reasons for the periodontal disease, then these harmful agents must be removed to preserve the health of the gum line. Scaling and root planing treatments provide one of the best measures to control gum disease. Using scalers, the plaque and tartar deposits are removed from underneath the gum tissues.
Grafting procedures can help regrow and revitalize the affected areas of the bone and gum tissues that have declined due to periodontal disease. Tissue regeneration can strengthen weak gums and help prevent tooth loss.
A soft tissue graft is performed to address gingival recession or improve the appearance of the gum line. During the gum grafting procedure, our dentists will place donor grafting tissue in areas of gum recession.
The grafting material may be taken from another area of your mouth or a tissue bank. Alternatively, we may also use tissue-generating proteins to stimulate your body’s natural growth abilities and encourage faster healing. If not addressed with a gingival graft, gum recession can cause tooth loss. A gum graft can also enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
Pocket Elimination Surgery
Pocket depth refers to the gap between gums and teeth. When the periodontal disease advances, the gums will recede from the teeth and create holes. These holes can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and lead to infections. We will reduce space between the teeth and gums during pocket elimination surgery and restore their health.
If you have signs of gum disease, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach us at (201) 224-2705.