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Periodontal Treatment to Prevent & Alleviate Gum Disease

Gum disease can have serious effects on your oral health if left untreated. In addition to minor symptoms such as bad breath, it can lead to the development of deep pockets between the teeth and gums which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Dr. Anthony Mancino, DMD, and his dedicated team offer a range of periodontal treatment options at his Wall, NJ, practice. During an exam, we can identify any signs of gum disease and prescribe treatment based on the stage of the condition.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by the buildup of bacteria, often due to poor oral hygiene. There are two main stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. 

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease. It is usually characterized by red, swollen gums that are prone to bleeding when you brush your teeth. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and improved dental hygiene habits.

Periodontitis

When left untreated, gingivitis can escalate to periodontitis. At this stage, the gum tissue begins to recede. Periodontitis is chronic, but with proper care, the gumline can be restored and the condition can be controlled.

Common Symptoms

Signs that you may suffer from gum disease include:

Gum recession

Persistent bad breath

Pain when chewing

Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks

Loosening of the teeth

Dr. Mancino offers a complimentary consultation (a $250 value) for new patients.

More than an Oral Health Issue

Gum disease not only takes a toll on your smile, but also increases your risk of developing other serious health issues such as heart disease and stroke. If you are diabetic, you face a greater risk of developing gum disease, and you should speak to Dr. Mancino about creating an ongoing treatment plan that takes your condition into account. Pregnant women experience hormonal changes that increase the risk of gum disease, making regular dental care especially important during this time.

Preventing Gum Disease

Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine can help prevent gum disease. Additionally, we highly recommend that patients attend checkups at least every six months to allow your dentist to remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated. Depending on the state of your oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits. 

Treating Gum Disease

 Treatments for gum disease include: 

Antibiotics

Antibiotics may be prescribed to resolve infected gum tissue.

Scaling & Root Planing

Gum disease can often be resolved through scaling, or cleaning below the gumline. Once the bacteria and tartar have been removed, we will smooth the tooth roots (planing), which can prevent future buildup.

Surgery

If you are suffering from advanced periodontitis, you may require a tissue graft to replace receded tissue.

Insurance plans cover at least a portion of root canal therapy. If you are uninsured, or if your policy does not cover the entire cost, our office accepts CareCredit® and LendingClub® financing options. 

Protect Your Smile

Dr. Mancino and the Comprehensive Dentistry team care about your smile, and they can help you resolve or control gum disease using sophisticated treatment. Contact us onlineor call us at (866) 619-9994 to schedule your consultation today. 

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