Periodontal Treatment to Prevent & Alleviate
Gum disease can have serious effects on your oral health if left untreated. In addition to minor symptoms such as bad breath, it can lead to the development of deep pockets between the teeth and gums which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Dr. Anthony Mancino, DMD, and his dedicated team offer a range of periodontal treatment options at his Wall, NJ, practice. During an exam, we can identify any signs of gum disease and prescribe treatment based on the stage of the condition.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by the buildup of bacteria, often due to poor oral hygiene. There are two main stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease. It is usually characterized by red, swollen gums that are prone to bleeding when you brush your teeth. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and improved dental hygiene habits.
When left untreated, gingivitis can escalate to periodontitis. At this stage, the gum tissue begins to recede. Periodontitis is chronic, but with proper care, the gumline can be restored and the condition can be controlled.
Signs that you may suffer from gum disease include:
- Gum recession
- Persistent bad breath
- Pain when chewing
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Loosening of the teeth
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mancino.
More than an Oral Health Issue
Gum disease not only takes a toll on your smile, but also increases your risk of developing other serious health issues such as heart disease and stroke. If you are diabetic, you face a greater risk of developing gum disease, and you should speak to Dr. Mancino about creating an ongoing treatment plan that takes your condition into account. Pregnant women experience hormonal changes that increase the risk of gum disease, making regular dental care especially important during this time.
Preventing Gum Disease
Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine can help prevent gum disease. Additionally, we highly recommend that patients attend checkups at least every six months to allow your dentist to remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated. Depending on the state of your oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.
Treating Gum Disease
Treatments for gum disease include:
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics may be prescribed to resolve infected gum tissue.
- Scaling & Root Planing: Gum disease can often be resolved through scaling, or cleaning below the gumline. Once the bacteria and tartar have been removed, we will smooth the tooth roots (planing), which can prevent future buildup.
- Surgery: If you are suffering from advanced periodontitis, you may require a tissue graft to replace receded tissue.
Protect Your Smile
Dr. Mancino and the Comprehensive Dentistry team care about your smile, and they can help you resolve or control gum disease using sophisticated treatment. Contact us online or call us at (732) 556-9600 to schedule your consultation today.
“Dr. Mancino does beautiful work and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs dental work.” Bill & Kris Bresnan