Periodontics: Protecting the Foundation of Your Smile
If your gums appear swollen or feel tender, you may have some level of gum disease (periodontitis). Nearly half of adults in this country have mild, moderate, or advanced levels of gum disease (periodontitis), according to the Centers for Disease Control. Jersey City Dental in Jersey City, NJ, serving Hoboken and surrounding communities, provides periodontics (treatment of the gums and underlying tissues). Moderate to advanced gum disease can be treated using our WaterLase® tool, an effective yet comfortable alternative to more invasive traditional treatments. By treating gum disease early, you can reduce your risk of gum tissue recession, tooth loss, heart disease, and many other serious health issues.
What Is Periodontal Care?
During a regular cleaning and exam, one of our dentists will look for signs of gum disease. Patients who have gum disease often have:
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed
- Gum tissue recession
The earliest stages of gum disease can often be reversed through improved oral hygiene. However, if we determine that you have a more advanced stage of gum disease, we can use the WaterLase laser to restore your periodontal health. This device uses a combination of water and laser energy to eliminate bacteria beneath the gumline. Our Jersey City office also offers antibiotics that can be placed into the space between the teeth and gums to eliminate infection-causing bacteria.
This treatment can also protect your overall health, since gum disease increases your risk of conditions such as stroke and heart disease.
Benefits of Periodontal Care
By treating gum disease, you can prevent tooth loss and the costs of restorative treatment. Meanwhile, this treatment can also protect your overall health, since gum disease increases your risk of conditions such as stroke and heart disease. Other benefits include:
- Candidacy for cosmetic or restorative treatments: Treatments like dental implants and cosmetic treatments require that patients are in good oral health. If you are planning to undergo a significant dental procedure, healthy gums are one important prerequisite.
- More attractive gums: Periodontitis can cause unpleasant symptoms, such as bad breath and bleeding. Once one of our doctors has restored your oral health, you can benefit from a more beautiful smile.
- Lower dental treatment bills: If you wish to avoid the need for costly tooth extractions, gum grafts, or dental implants, taking care of your gums is critical. Your dental health insurance plan may cover part or all of your deep cleaning. Even if you must pay out of pocket, these treatments are not cost-prohibitive, and can save you a significant amount in the long run.
- Improved oral health: Gum disease is not only a leading cause of tooth loss, it is a significant risk factor for jawbone atrophy and gum tissue recession. That is one reason why our doctors advocate for flossing every day. Your teeth are only as healthy as the gum tissue that supports them.
Schedule Your Periodontal Treatment Today
Once you have undergone periodontal care at our dental practice, you will need to maintain your healthier smile by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting our office regularly for cleanings and exams. If you have questions or concerns about the affordability of any of our treatments, we offer zero percent financing options for qualifying patients.
To schedule your next visit, please contact our office online or call (201) 332-0403.