Periodontics Clark, NJ
Periodontics is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease) and oral inflammation. Dr. Preziosi recommends all patients visit his Clark, NJ dentist office at the earliest sign of periodontal disease for immediate treatment. Without periodontics, the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw can decline and cause problems like tooth decay, tooth loss, bone loss and more. In addition to causing oral health problems, periodontal disease has been found in connection with conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. As a result, we suggest visiting our dentist, Dr. Preziosi who is a periodontics specialist in the Clark, NJ area for optimal gum health.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Symptoms include gums that are: receding, bleeding, swollen, bright red or tender. Tooth loss or loose teeth are also symptoms.
Scaling and Root Planing
One form of periodontics treatment is most commonly referred to as scaling and root planing, or a deep cleaning. This periodontal treatment is needed when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth to create the perfect place for bacteria to grow. If left untreated, the bacteria will cause gingivitis. Luckily, gingivitis is easily treatable with professional cleaning (scaling). Without treatment, bacteria will begin to grow in the tooth roots and as a result, will require root planing. Root planing involves removing the infected areas in addition to smoothing out the surface of the roots. Scaling and root planing is usually done using a local anesthetic to prevent any pain from occurring.
Other Periodontics Treatments
In addition to offering a full range of general dentistry and family dentistry options, we can also provide periodontics for all gum diseases. To start, we carry prescription mouth washes, antibiotic gels and pills to be used directly on infected gums.
For more severe cases of periodontal disease, we can perform surgical treatments. This includes bone and tissue grafts to encourage new bone and tissue growth. Flap surgery is also an option for patients who have inflamed pockets in their gums.
Risk Factors of Periodontal Disease
If you need another reason to quite smoking, other than the obvious, smoking increases your chance of developing periodontal disease and lowers the chance of a successful treatment.
Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing infections like periodontal disease.
Certain medications like antidepressants or heart medicine can cause dry mouth as a side effect, which can alter your oral health and cause infection.
Hormonal Changes in Women
When a women is going through hormonal changes, gums can become more sensitive, and as a result, can lead to gum disease.
Cancer, AIDS, and other diseases and their treatments have side effects that affect the health of gums.
Stress has been found to lower the body’s ability to fight infection, which can lead to gum infections like periodontal disease.
In some cases, periodontal disease is a genetic condition that you have no control over.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease
- Floss Daily.
- Visit our Clark, NJ periodontics specialist dentist, Dr. Preziosi regularly for cleanings.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Brush teeth at least twice daily and floss daily.
- Avoid smoking or using tobacco products.
Contact Our Dentist in Clark, NJ for Periodontics
Contact us today at (908) 654-7100 if you are experiencing swollen, bleeding, or receding gums and interested in our periodontics dental treatment. We want to treat your periodontal disease during the first signs to ensure that you do not lose your teeth. We can also assist you with any restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry needs. You can also fill out our convenient contact form online to be contacted.
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