Periodontal disease is a bacterial growth that is caused by plaque build up on your teeth. If left untreated gum disease will cause your teeth to become loose and perhaps need to be removed. Periodontal bacteria also contributes to heart disease, diabetes and low birth weight.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Treating gum disease depends on the type and severity of the disease. Deep scaling and root planing is one of the procedures that may help stabilize the disease. There are two main types of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Early signs of periodontal disease in Willingboro patients are swollen and bleeding, which often go ignored. Gingivitis usually appears during the beginning stages of periodontal disease and often goes unnoticed–unless it’s identified by Dr. Adelstein, our dentist in Willingboro, New Jersey. Untreated gingivitis eventually leads to periodontitis, which breaks down the bones and tissues that support the teeth.
Willingboro Periodontal Therapy
Treatment for periodontal disease depends on the type and severity of the condition. If Dr. Adelstein, a Willingboro, New Jersey dentist, is able to catch the condition early enough, there are steps Contemporary Dental Associates can take to remove plaque, such as scaling and root planing. Other conservative, non-invasive approaches include prescribing medications and oral mouth rinses to kill bacteria in the mouth. In more serious cases, surgery or grafting procedures may be required to stop periodontal disease from spreading.
We encourage you to contact us at Contemporary Dental Associates in Willingboro, NJ to learn more about periodontal therapy and how you can protect your teeth from damage.