Gum Disease Treatment in Fanwood and Scotch Plains
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a silent oral disease that too often goes unnoticed. When left untreated, gum disease can travel below the gum line to destroy soft tissue, tooth roots and jaw bone. Dr. Lawrence Bauman offers gum disease treatment at his Fanwood dental office to stop the progression of gum disease and help return oral health and function to the afflicted area.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal diseases occurs and progresses over the course of three unique stages:
When plaque and tartar are left on teeth, it promotes the growth of destructive bacteria and together, they move below the gum line. At this point, patients may notice that their gums are sore, inflamed, and red or may notice bleeding when brushing and flossing their teeth. These are signs and symptom of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis is completely reversible when caught in time with improved brushing and flossing. It is always best to have the area is professionally cleaned every six months to remove the plaque and tartar before gingivitis begins.
If gingivitis is not treated, bacteria can continues to move below the gum line, triggering the second stage of gum disease known as periodontitis. As the disease begins targeting the soft tissue, is creates pockets where the gum pulls away from the tooth. These periodontal pockets are difficult to clean and collect debris.
Only a professional deep cleaning can remove the debris and prevent disease progression. Through planing and scaling, two deep cleaning methods, Dr. Lawrence Bauman uses a currette to clean bacteria from affected tooth roots and remove any infection from the area. Once gum disease has been stopped, it's important to increase dental cleanings to three or four visits each year, depending on the patient’s need to prevent the disease from returning.
The final stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis. If the disease is not treated and the area cared for, gum disease will continue to damage the soft tissue and bone area of surrounding teeth. The infection can also enter the bloodstream and impact existing conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Advanced periodontitis can also lead to tooth loss when the damaged tissue and bone can no longer support the tooth. Advanced cases of gum disease are best treated by a specialist and Dr. Bauman will refer patients to a local periodontist, a specialist in the soft tissue problems.
Gum Disease Therapy
Treatment for gum disease begins with identifying the problem. Dr. Bauman inspects gum tissue at every six month exam to detect it early and prevent it from permanently damaging your gums. Unfortunately, many cases are detected in the second or third stage when routine visits are ignored, there are poor at-home hygiene routines or patients avoid returning for follow up care after their deep cleanings. It takes a team effort between Dr. Bauman and patients to keep the damaged area healthy for the long-term.
Schedule an Appointment at our Fanwood Dental Office
Contact Dr. Lawrence Bauman to schedule an appointment if you feel you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or have not had a professional dental cleaning in over six months. We are happy to serve patients in the surrounding areas including Scotch Plains and Westfield.