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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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As always, the staff was warm and welcoming and Dr. Patti listened thoughtfully to all of my concerns and was able to address right on the spot!! She does BEAUTIFUL work!!
Janine Rose
Janine Rose
13:03 10 Nov 22
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Eddie Comanche
Eddie Comanche
11:27 10 Nov 22
After a thorough, painfree cleaning by the dental hygienist (Karima), Dr. Patti repaired a molar for me. The injection and filling were painless and she explained everything throughout the process. The entire staff is professional and friendly. Best ever dental experience for someone with dental anxiety.The office very recently underwent renovation and it’s gorgeous.
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Doris White
02:07 10 Nov 22
A warm and welcoming office . Very professional with the latest technology and knowledge. Always a pleasure.
Diane Quinn
Diane Quinn
23:45 08 Nov 22
The best cleaning I ever had! Very friendly, professional, and courteous. I would highly recommend to anyone!!!
The Rods
The Rods
23:06 19 Oct 22
As someone with a large fear of dentists there is a reason I’ve been coming here for over a decade. The greatest staff, the cleanest and nicest environment, I could go on forever! Just go 🙂
Ashlyn Nicole
Ashlyn Nicole
22:26 19 Oct 22
I always love going to see Dr. Patty and her team. I even met an intern, Paul who is looking to attend Dental School. What a great job giving this young man experience.
Lisa Florio
Lisa Florio
19:58 13 Oct 22
Dr. Patti and her staff are the best. She is very skillful and knowledgeable. She spends time to explain what needs to be done and to answer all questions. She is also a perfectionist who will take as much time as is needed to get the best results for her patients. Her office is state of the art and the staff is also knowledgeable and courteous.
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Malinee Sastrasinh
22:59 29 Sep 22
you provide the best dental care in NJ! Thank you!
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