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Periodontal Disease Treatment in Bernardsville

Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and Far Hills, NJ

Periodontal or gum disease is a chronic infection of your gums that causes damage to the tissue and the bone that support your teeth. If this condition is left untreated, it will eventually result in tooth loss.

The main cause of gum disease is a colorless layer of plaque that accumulates on the surface of your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it will harden and turn into tartar. The bacteria in the plaque will lead to an infection and subsequent destruction of the gum tissue that holds your teeth in place. The result is your gum tissue separating from your teeth, creating a “pocket” that will ultimately cause your teeth to fall out.

Statistics reveal that three out of four adults over the age of 35 develop periodontal disease to some degree.

Symptoms

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Bleeding during brushing and flossing
  • Red, swollen gums
  • A distasteful odor emanating from your mouth
  • Formation of gaps between your teeth
  • Pain in your oral cavity
  • Exposure of the neck of the tooth

Non-Surgical Treatment First

At Proud to Smile Dentistry, we use non-surgical periodontal therapy to remove the plaque and tartar, treating conditions that encourage gum disease and controlling the growth of destructive bacteria. Oftentimes, non-surgical treatment is all a patient needs, particularly when gum disease is discovered early. However, if the disease has already progressed considerably, surgery may be necessary.

Depending on your situation, you may also need additional procedures, like replacing worn fillings or dental crowns that can collect plaque, before we can begin periodontal therapy.

Scaling and Root Planing

One type of cleaning that we do is scaling, which removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and just below the gumline. Root planing smooths the surfaces of the tooth root, allowing the supporting gum tissue to reattach to the tooth. This is generally done with a local anesthetic so you can relax and will feel no pain while we are restoring your gums to health.

Antibiotics

Because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, our goal is to eliminate those bacteria in order to reduce your infection. For this reason, you may be prescribed an antibiotic in addition to scaling and root planing that is either taken orally or applied to the gum pocket in a powder form. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic to control the harmful effects of gum disease and help reduce future buildup of bacterial plaque.

Occlusal Adjustment

A misaligned bite or occlusion can also result in bone destruction. It may be necessary adjust your bite so that your jaw is relaxed and your teeth are able to close properly.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call Proud to Smile Dentistry at (908) 888-9858 or schedule your consultation online. It is important to have this condition treated as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an experienced, LVI trained dentist who can help restore your oral health. We serve patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and nearby areas in New Jersey.

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you provide the best dental care in NJ! Thank you!
susan palmer
susan palmer
14:10 04 Sep 22
Patti and her team always provide first class service. The team is outstanding as is their work. Service is amazing. Staff is awesome, amazing and nice. Best dental location I have been to. Very professionals. In summary, Patti and team really provide the best dental experience I have had with any dentist cabinets over the years. Simply put fantastic! Very professional! My wife and I are always so relaxed and calm through it all for their work as well as the important safety measures they have taken to mitigate any risk associated with the current environment. A big thanks to Patti and the team for their professionalism, dedication to their work and safety.
Santino Basile
Santino Basile
15:01 03 Sep 22
Excellent … I had a concern and was immediately fit into the weeks schedule. From Francesca at the front desk to Nannette and Paul who are the dental assistants they were kind and calmingAs for Dr Lamb she was able to address my concern and figure out a treatment the same day. She took the time to listen . As for the procedure she was gentle and the procedure went smoothly.I would absolutely recommend the practice
stacey bauer
stacey bauer
22:24 25 Aug 22
A warm and welcoming office . Very professional with the latest technology and knowledge. Always a pleasure.
Diane Quinn
Diane Quinn
22:11 23 Aug 22
Always so professional and friendly- thank you, Dr. Patti & staff!
beth lebel
beth lebel
21:41 12 Aug 22
Dr. Patti is the best. All of them, they are so kind
Maria Isabel Fernandez Suelto
Maria Isabel Fernandez Suelto
22:06 10 Aug 22
Dr Patti and her staff are always so warm and welcoming. Love Dr Patti 's detailed, functional approach to orthodontics. After working with many other orthodontists, I can say that her respectful, kind, practical manner and her obvious love and enthusiasm for her profession really stands out.
Dr Serena H. Chen
Dr Serena H. Chen
00:14 14 Jul 22
Everyone was on time, professional, extremely competent and friendly. I would very highly recommend Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville.
CA Martorana
CA Martorana
11:11 13 Jul 22
The new state of the art office is beautiful and the staff were so kind and efficient. I waited in my car until the time of my appointment and they called me to come in.
Jennifer Lamb-Principato
Jennifer Lamb-Principato
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