When it comes to oral hygiene, taking care of our gums is just as important as taking care of our teeth. Plaque build-up might infect the gum line if we do not adequately clean our gums. Plaque buildup is where periodontal disease comes from. Periodontal disease is a serious problem that, if not treated promptly, can lead to serious dental problems in the future. We invite you to keep reading to learn about periodontal disease and how we can treat it. Periodontal therapy is a treatment that we provide at Dental Spa of Broad Street to all people of Clifton, New Jersey.
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Plaque and germs tend to build-up along our gum line when we neglect proper dental care. Plaque can then harden, causing discomfort, edema, and inflammation to the gums. Gingivitis is the term used to describe the early stages of periodontal disease, which we can detect at all of your bi-yearly appointments. Brushing and flossing are simple ways to treat it. The longer plaque and bacteria remain untreated, the more it will build-up, and the more serious the illness becomes, making it more difficult to treat.
Periodontal disease in its latter stages necessitates more invasive and surgical treatment. The disease can often reach the base of your tooth, causing problems with the jaw bone. It can eventually lead to bone deterioration and more. We’ve compiled a list of some of the periodontal disease treatment alternatives.
Periodontal Therapy Treatment
Scaling and Root Planing: This procedure removes plaque and bacteria above and below the gum line. For milder cases, it is one of the first treatments offered. A scaler, which resembles a metal hook, will scrape hardened plaque from above and below the gum line. After that, your teeth will be polished and smoothed.
Flap Surgery: Your gums may become loose if your scaling and root planning treatment is significant. The surgical practice of pushing back slack gums to tighten them around your teeth is known as flap surgery. This will maintain your teeth aligned and prevent infection or other dental problems.
Gum Grafting: A gum transplant may be required depending on the degree of periodontal disease. If they are severely infected, your gums will be taken out and replaced with healthy gum. The procedure entails removing healthy gum from one part of your mouth and replacing it with diseased and broken tissue in another.
Benefits of Periodontal Therapy
- Relief From Discomfort: Periodontal disease can cause bleeding and swelling. Treating periodontal disease will eliminate those symptoms and give you higher comfort levels.
- Fresh Breath: Any infection from periodontal disease can lead to bad breath. Treating the periodontal disease will lead to fresh breath.
- Improve Cardiovascular Health: In severe cases of periodontal therapy, it can lead to an elevated risk of heart attack and sometimes the possibility of stroke. Treating periodontal therapy will reduce that risk.
- A Brand New, Clean Smile: Periodontal therapy will eliminate any self-esteem issues you may have when it comes to your smile. The therapy will restore your smile to brand new, and you will be more confident in your smile.
Contact our Dental Professionals Today!
Please contact our office right away if you are in the Clifton, New Jersey area and believe you have periodontal disease. One of the best ways to prevent this disease is through bi-yearly checkups. At each examination, we can determine if you have gingivitis. Gingivitis is easy to reverse, but anything past that is serious. At Dental Spa of Broad Street, we are ready to serve you and help keep your smile strong and beautiful over the years.