At Todd L. Jolly, DMD, we endeavor to give you a smile that inspires pride and confidence, and our advanced periodontal treatment can provide a healthy base for that smile. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a very common oral problem that can cause both tooth loss and severe systemic health issues if left untreated.
Healthy oral hygiene habits, as well as regular professional cleanings, are essential for protecting against gingivitis conditions. By having an oral examination every 6 months, our dentist has the chance to check your mouth for periodontal disease and provide prompt treatment if they detect the condition. At our office, we provide various effective periodontal care procedures that may help you keep your mouth and smile healthy.
What’s Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease often results from plaque accumulation along the gumline. Plaque deposits can reach beneath the gumline, leading to the formation of deep pockets between the teeth and soft tissue, where harmful bacteria may grow. While the infection spreads, periodontal disease symptoms can get more severe.
Other factors that may cause periodontal disease include tobacco use, nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, hormonal changes, and even stress. Even though periodontal disease immediately affects your oral health, the problem may also compromise your overall health.
Diseases Linked to Periodontal Disease
There’s a direct link between periodontal disease and many serious health conditions. The conditions, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, lung infections, and childbirth complications are often associated with periodontal disease because the mouth is the primary entry point to the digestive tract.
As you eat, swallow, and breath all day, you’re constantly absorbing toxic bacteria into your body. These bacteria may cause serious problems in your body. Practicing good periodontal care is an excellent way to fight off infections in your body, while also maintaining your oral health.
Periodontal Care Options
If you’ve got periodontal disease, there are lots of treatments available that can help you take care of your teeth and mouth. The treatment you get for periodontal disease depends on how serious your condition is.
One common treatment is laser treatment which is usually done to get rid of infected gum tissue. This allows us to carry out a thorough root planing and scaling which we may also need to perform. This procedure is basically about cleaning your teeth. It helps to eliminate bacteria and plaque buildup from your teeth’s surface and smoothen your roots.
Another procedure is bone grafts, which help restore bone mass lost due to periodontal disease. This contributes to restoring your jawbone’s strength. Our dentist may also advise on a gum graft, a procedure that helps reverse the impact of gum recession.
Pocket reduction surgery may also be advised in some cases. For periodontal pockets that are too deep, it’s impossible to do a thorough cleaning. However, thanks to pocket reduction surgery, incisions can be made to expose your teeth’s roots, clean them and then stitch your gums shut.
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To learn more about the services we provide call (973) 284-7363 and schedule your appointment now!