A person’s gums play an important role in their overall oral health. As the structures that support the teeth, it is critical to keep this part of the mouth healthy and strong. When gum disease does occur, Blooming Family Dental is prepared to treat it in order to help patients recover their oral health.
Unfortunately, nearly half of all adults develop some type of periodontitis, also known as gum disease. This is often the result of poor flossing habits that allow bacteria and plaque to manifest between teeth and cause serious harm. A person may recognize periodontitis in its early stages by slightly swollen and darkened gums that may begin to bleed during brushing and flossing. When this occurs, the gums will soon begin to pull away from the teeth, and periodontal pockets will form. These can become filled with tartar and plaque, which will allow the condition to spread throughout the rest of the mouth. If the condition reaches the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, tooth loss can follow. The best way to treat periodontitis is to clean out the infested pockets before serious damage occurs. And if the condition does reach the jawbone, then the goal becomes to reverse the damage.
Blooming Family Dental offers the following periodontal services:
We will typically recommend scaling and root planing for anyone deemed to be suffering from the early to moderate stages of gum disease. This process involves using dental equipment to remove any damage-causing bacteria and plaque from deep below the gum line. We then smooth out the root surfaces in a process called root planing. Overall, this treatment is highly effective in stopping gum disease and preventing any recurrences.
Patients suffering from gum disease will often notice that their gum tissue has become inflamed and swollen. As a result, they may develop a “gummy” smile that appears unattractive. We can correct this problem with a dental crown lengthening procedure. This process involves cutting into the gum tissue and reshaping the gums to make them appear more aesthetically pleasing.
A gingivectomy is an oral surgery that is provided for patients with gum disease that has progressed to a point where it cannot be properly treated with scaling and root planing. We perform a gingivectomy by removing any diseased gum tissue to properly access any periodontal pockets. We can then clean out these areas directly. With the areas clean, the periodontal pockets should disappear, and healing should follow.
An important part of treating gum disease is to eliminate the periodontal pockets associated with the condition. This is accomplished using a pocket reduction procedure. We apply an antimicrobial liquid to the pockets in order to eliminate the bacteria that infests these spaces. Pocket reduction procedures are often used alongside other treatments to increase their overall effectiveness.
Jawbone deterioration is an issue that people often experience when dealing with gum disease. If the problem is serious enough, then it may prevent dental implants from being installed in the upper jawbone. A sinus lift procedure is used to access and lift the sinus membrane so that it will not get in the way of the implants. We then apply bone graft materials and specialized proteins to the area so that fast healing occurs.
The purpose of a ridge augmentation is to encourage proper healing after a tooth has been lost or removed. Our experts will apply bone grafts and specialized proteins directly to the alveolar ridge bone so that it can begin to recover. By doing this, the jawbone will begin to strengthen and heal. After recovery, we can then provide a dental implant to replace the lost tooth.
A ridge preservation procedure is typically used when a missing tooth cannot be replaced in a timely manner. We preserve the strength of the jawbone by applying bone grafts directly to the site of the lost tooth. This will slow down the deterioration of the jawbone and help keep the supporting structure healthy for when a dental implant is eventually installed.
We provide bone grafting procedures to promote new bone growth when the jawbone has deteriorated. This is done by applying artificial bone material and specialized proteins directly to the site of bone loss. Over time, the treated structure should begin to strengthen and heal.
Put a stop to gum disease with proven and effective periodontal services from Blooming Family Dental in West Caldwell. Please call us at 973-241-5416 to schedule an appointment.