Reclaim Your Oral Health with Advanced Gum Disease Treatment from Dr. Todd Gottleib
Gum disease can be a serious and uncomfortable condition, but Dr. Todd Gottleib is here to help. Our Franklinville dentist is dedicated to providing the latest and most effective treatment options for gum disease so you can restore your oral health and confidence. When you come into our office, we’ll work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to diagnose and treat gum disease. We’re committed to your comfort and well-being, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any concerns or questions.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that affects the soft tissues and supporting bones of teeth. It’s caused by plaque and tartar buildup, which allows bacteria to infect the gums. This can cause shrinking gums and pockets that are hard to clean and provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
Fortunately, we can treat early-stage gum disease with a professional cleaning and practicing good oral hygiene. However, if the infection has progressed to periodontitis, it may not be reversible. It’s crucial to see a dentist for a diagnosis and treatment. Our Franklinville, NJ dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain good oral health.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease treatment usually starts with a deep cleaning. In more severe cases, we may perform a scaling and root planing treatment. This procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line and smoothing out the root surfaces of the teeth. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to fight the infection. For advanced stages of gum disease, surgery may be required to remove infected tissue and repair damage. These procedures include flap surgery, bone and tissue grafts, and guided tissue regeneration.
It’s important to remember that preventing gum disease is always better than treating it. You can achieve this by practicing good oral hygiene such as:
- rushing and flossing twice a day
- sing an antiseptic mouthwash
- Regularly visiting the dentist for checkups and cleanings
It is recommended to book your appointment to consult with our dentist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, as the best approach will vary depending on the stage and severity of the disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Symptoms of gum disease can include swollen, red, or bleeding gums, receding gums, loose or shifting teeth, bad breath, and changes in how the teeth fit together when biting.
Untreated gum disease can lead to several serious complications, including:
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
- An increased risk of heart disease
It can also affect your bite and speech, and can negatively impact your self-esteem and overall quality of life. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent these complications.
There is a link between gum disease and heart disease. Harmful bacteria gathering below your gum line can later develop into gum disease, if not treated on time. This same bacteria can spread to other parts of your body through your bloodstream once gum disease advances past gingivitis. When this occurs, the bacteria can cause serious health concerns, including heart disease.
The bacteria can cause the narrowing of your arteries and directly infect your heart valves. Getting treatment for gum disease can help increase your life expectancy and reduce your risk of health complications.
Periodontal treatment can cure most early-stage cases of gum disease. The first stage, gingivitis, can even be reversed through better oral hygiene practices. Once you undergo your treatment, you need to follow oral health instructions from your dentist so you can fully recover and help ensure your gum disease doesn’t return.
Experience Personalized, Advanced Gum Disease Treatment with Dr. Todd Gottleib
Don’t wait any longer to take control of your oral health. Book your appointment with Dr. Todd Gottleib today and experience the benefits of personalized and advanced gum disease treatment. Call our Franklinville, NJ office at (856) 694-5555 or fill out our convenient online contact form.