Treating Gum Disease in Middletown, NJ
Gum disease is a serious condition that if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss in adults. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque that is not properly removed. Our experienced dental team at Navesink Dental Care offers several treatment options to successfully treat gum disease.
Warning signs of gum disease:
- Gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen, or tender
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Permanent teeth that have become loose
- Any change in your bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
The Stages of Gum Disease
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. This is caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth that causes bleeding or gum inflammation. Gingivitis can be caused by several factors, including a build-up of plaque, a change in hormones, illness, medications, and a family history of gum disease. If caught in the early stages, gingivitis can be treated with a deep clean, also known as a scaling and root planing procedure.
The second stage of gum disease is periodontitis. If left untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontitis. At this stage, the supporting bones and fibers that hold your teeth in place have been irreversibly damaged. The gums begin to form “pockets,” deep hollow areas around the teeth that trap food, plaque, and bacteria. The gums will recede and form gaps between the teeth. Immediate treatment is necessary to prevent further damage and tooth loss.
The third and final stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis. In periodontitis has been left untreated, advanced periodontitis will develop. Bacteria that was allowed to grow, spread, and cause destruction has destroyed the connective tissues and bones that support the teeth. The pockets that formed in the previous stage have become much deeper. The teeth can shift or loosen. Loose teeth that move around in the mouth may affect bite. At this state, aggressive treatment is needed to save the teeth.
Treatments for Gum Disease
For patients with gingivitis, Dr. Ruda and Dr. DeAngelis will perform a scaling and root planing procedure. This procedure removes tarter and smooth’s the surface of the tooth to encourage the gum to reattach to the tooth.
For patients with periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, laser gum surgery or osseous surgery may be required. Navesink Dental Care is one of the few practices in Middletown and the surrounding communities of offer Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). This minimally invasive procedure removes inflamed or diseased tissue in a way that doesn’t disturb the teeth, bone, or health gum tissue.
To learn more about gum disease treatments in Red Bank, NJ, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Ruda and Dr. DeAngelis to schedule an appointment today!