Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common yet serious oral health condition characterized by inflammation of the gums and damage to the supporting structures of the teeth. It is primarily caused by the accumulation of plaque and tartar along the gum line, leading to bacterial infection and inflammation. Early signs of gum disease may include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, and gum recession.

The importance of gum disease treatment cannot be overstated, as untreated gum disease can lead to irreversible damage, including tooth loss and systemic health complications. Effective treatment aims to control bacterial infection, reduce inflammation, and preserve gum and bone tissue, ultimately restoring oral health and preventing further deterioration of the teeth and supporting structures. 

The Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Swollen, tender, or inflamed gums 
  • Gums that appear red or purplish 
  • Gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing 
  • Receding gums, exposing more of the tooth's surface 
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth 
  • Formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums 
  • Loose or shifting teeth 
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together when biting or chewing 
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or other dental appliances 
  • Formation of pus between the teeth and gums 
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures 
  • Changes in the appearance of the gums, such as shiny or puffy gums 

Treatment Options for Gum Disease 

Non-Surgical Treatments 

  • Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure performed by our dentists in South Plainfield, NJ, to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and roots, thereby reducing inflammation and preventing disease progression.  
  • Antibiotics, either oral medications or topical gels, may also be prescribed to control bacterial infection and promote gum healing. 

Surgical Treatments 

  • In cases of advanced periodontitis, where pockets have formed between the gums and teeth, gingival flap surgery may be recommended. This surgical procedure involves lifting the gums to access and clean the roots thoroughly, followed by repositioning and suturing the gums back into place. 
  • Severe bone loss resulting from gum disease can compromise tooth stability. Bone grafting involves adding bone graft material to the affected area to promote new bone growth and restore bone density. 
  • Gum recession, a common consequence of gum disease, can expose the roots of the teeth and increase sensitivity. Gum grafting involves transplanting tissue from another area of the mouth to cover exposed roots and restore gum tissue.  

Laser Therapy 

  • Laser-assisted periodontal therapy utilizes advanced laser technology to remove diseased tissue, disinfect the gums, and promote healing. Laser therapy in South Plainfield, NJ, is minimally invasive, offering faster recovery times and reduced discomfort compared to traditional surgical methods. 

Ongoing Maintenance and Follow-up Care 

  • Following treatment, regular periodontal maintenance visits with our dentist at Park Avenue Dental are essential to monitor gum health, remove plaque and tartar buildup, and prevent disease recurrence. 
  • Patients are advised to maintain a diligent oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice daily, flossing, and using antimicrobial mouth rinses to prevent plaque buildup and support gum health. 

The Benefits of Gum Disease Treatment 

Prevention of Tooth Loss 

One of the primary benefits of gum disease treatment is its ability to prevent tooth loss. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, as it can lead to irreversible damage to the gums and supporting structures of the teeth if left unchecked.

Gum disease treatment targets the condition's underlying causes, such as plaque and tartar buildup, bacterial infection, and inflammation, to halt its progression and prevent further deterioration of the teeth and surrounding tissues. By preserving natural teeth, gum disease treatment helps maintain oral function and aesthetics, allowing patients to enjoy a healthy, functional smile for years. Contact us today to learn more! 

Preservation of Gum and Bone Tissue 

In addition to preventing tooth loss, gum disease treatment helps preserve gum and bone tissue in the oral cavity. Advanced stages of gum disease can significantly damage the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, leading to gum recession, bone loss, and tooth mobility.

Gum disease treatment targets bacterial infection and inflammation in the gums, promoting gum reattachment and reducing the depth of periodontal pockets. By preserving gum and bone tissue, gum disease treatment ensures the stability and longevity of the teeth, preventing further damage and promoting overall oral health. 

Reduction of Systemic Health Risks 

Beyond its impact on oral health, gum disease has been linked to a host of systemic health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The bacteria associated with gum disease can enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation throughout the body, increasing the risk of developing these conditions.

Gum disease treatment targets bacterial infection and inflammation in the oral cavity, reducing the systemic health risks associated with untreated gum disease. By restoring oral health, gum disease treatment helps lower the risk of systemic conditions, promoting overall well-being and longevity. 

Enhanced Quality of Life 

The most significant benefit of gum disease treatment is its ability to improve patients’ quality of life. Gum disease can cause discomfort, pain, and embarrassment, impacting various aspects of daily life, from eating and speaking to social interactions and self-confidence.  

Gum disease treatment alleviates symptoms, improves oral function, and enhances overall well-being, allowing patients to live life to the fullest without the burden of gum disease holding them back. With restored oral health, patients can enjoy renewed confidence in their smiles, freedom from pain and discomfort, and improved overall quality of life. 

Gum disease treatment offers many benefits beyond just improving the health of the gums and teeth. By seeking timely intervention and comprehensive treatment, individuals can effectively manage gum disease, preserve their natural teeth, and reduce the risk of systemic health complications. If you're experiencing symptoms of gum disease or have concerns about your periodontal health, visit Park Avenue Dental at 160 Oak Tree Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080, or call (908) 757-3200 to explore your treatment options and take proactive steps towards a healthier, happier smile.


160 Oak Tree Ave.,
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

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