Gum disease happens to nearly everyone at some point, and if you keep up on your oral hygiene, your treatment may be as simple brushing and flossing more effectively or more often. However, if you need more advanced periodontal treatment, Paul H. Goodman, DDS, and Jay L. Rosenberg, DDS, offer scaling, root planing, tissue grafting, and more at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry in Pleasantville, New Jersey. Book your consultation for periodontal treatment or your next exam by phone or online today.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease or periodontitis, is an infection affecting your gums. It causes them to become red, inflamed, and prone to bleeding. If you don’t change your habits or seek treatment for gum disease, the infection can spread to the bone that supports your teeth. Eventually, you can lose your teeth to gum disease.
Gum disease is more common than you might think. In its early stages, it may be so mild that you don’t notice any symptoms. During your exam and cleaning appointments at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry, your dentist can diagnose your gum disease and tell you whether you need periodontal treatment.
Periodontal treatment is a treatment for gum disease and its effects on your mouth. The Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry team provides several types of periodontal treatments to patients who can’t reverse their gum disease with better hygiene habits alone. Your periodontal treatment might involve:
Scaling is a simple procedure during which your dentist physically removes bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and the pockets under your gums.
Root planing, often performed in conjunction with scaling, involves smoothing the surfaces of your tooth roots to encourage your gums to reattach to them.
Antibiotic medications can treat the bacterial infection affecting your gums and help ease symptoms like inflammation.
If your gum disease has progressed to the point of affecting your jaw bone, you may need a bone graft to restore its strength and structure. Similarly, a soft tissue graft can replace gum tissue affected by gum disease and restore your smile’s appearance.
Preventing gum disease requires diligent hygienic habits and care for your teeth and gums. Your dentist can teach you how to brush your teeth if your brushing method is imperfect. They can also teach you to floss effectively or more often than you already do.
You should also attend preventive care appointments once every six months at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry. Dr. Goodman, Dr. Rosenberg, and their team can keep an eye on the state of your oral health and tell you if your oral hygiene habits are working well. They also thoroughly clean your teeth and remove bacterial buildup that doesn’t go away completely with brushing and flossing alone.
Whether or not you have symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly to see if you need periodontal treatment. Call Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry for a treatment consultation, or book your next visit online today.