Gum disease affects nearly half of adults aged 30 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Conte Dentistry in Red Bank, New Jersey, Louis Conte, DDS, and a team of dental professionals prevent and treat gum disease with a variety of periodontal services. Without the right care, gum disease can lead to serious dental concerns, including tooth loss. To schedule an appointment with Conte Dentistry, call or book a visit online today.
Periodontal services prevent and treat gum disease, or periodontal disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that causes inflammation. It happens when plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth.
In its early stages, you can reverse the effects of gum disease. As the infection progresses, however, it becomes more difficult to treat on your own.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
If you see pus between your gums, you may have an advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis.
There are two types of gum disease that require periodontal services:
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums that causes redness, tenderness, bleeding, and mild pain. At this early stage, your teeth are still firmly in their sockets. With proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits, you can rehabilitate your gums.
If you have periodontitis, your gum disease is advancing and plaque and bacteria have reached beneath your gumline. Once this infection spreads beneath the gumline, plaque can become trapped and form small pockets.
These pockets of plaque release toxins that can destroy your tooth-supporting bone and tissue. Over time, this can lead to gum recession and tooth loss.
Conte Dentistry offers several periodontal services, such as:
Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical procedure that eliminates the pockets of plaque below your gumline. The team uses a scaling tool to clean and disinfect the pockets, while a root planing tool smooths your tooth roots to make it easier for the team to reattach your gums.
Excess gum tissue can lead to a gummy smile, where it looks like your teeth are much shorter than they are. The team can remove this excess tissue for cosmetic purposes or to expose underlying decay.
Gum pocket reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the depth of the pockets and cleans the plaque beneath your gumline. The team recommends gum pocket reduction if your infection hasn’t responded to nonsurgical treatments.
Conte Dentistry offers the right care to prevent and treat gum disease. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.