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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 Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, 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 Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville 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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I have been going to Dr. Patti since I was young and she is incredible. I still travel in from NYC to visit her and the team every six months. I cant speak more highly of the team’s talent as well as the comfort I feel in their office. Would recommend their practice to anyone and everyone.
Brooke Macy
Brooke Macy
23:10 01 Jun 22
Exceptional Dentist, amazing staff!!
Cardspunk M
Cardspunk M
23:27 25 May 22
I cannot speak highly enough of my experience at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville and Patti Swaintek-Lamb, DMD along with her tremendous staff. I have been to dozens of dentists over the years and hands down this has been my best experience and I loved my last dentist before I moved away. They are a wonderful combination of professional and caring. Great kindness and respect is shown to their patients. It is very welcoming environment. For those who dread the dental visit I recommend this office that works to create a calming and supportive atmosphere. The dental work/care was excellent from beginning to end and I look forward to my next visit.
Lynda Spencer
Lynda Spencer
22:31 21 Apr 22
I immediately get comfortable. Change is not always easy but the transition to Dr. Patti’s office was seamless, it’s as if they knew me already. The skill and knowledge of all is evident throughout the practice, as well as pride for their profession. I look forward to staying on as a patient for a long time! Thank you
Christina Klausner
Christina Klausner
10:52 30 Mar 22
Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an excellent dentist, professional and always listens to what is important to YOU. She has the time, expertise and personal touch while caring deeply about your desires and comfort. My husband, myself and 3 children have been using Dr. Patti for over 15 years and recommend her in the highest regard.
Dana Macy
Dana Macy
15:10 24 Mar 22
Dr Patti and her staff create a caring, professional atmosphere. They take adequate time to make repairs needed and fill cavities as painlessly as possible. Nancy Lee McLure
Frank Siwiec
Frank Siwiec
14:08 24 Mar 22
My two sons, 8 and 10, are both receiving orthodontic treatment from Dr. Patti and I’ve been so happy with their progress. She is very thoughtful and thorough with her plans to give them both a healthier smile.
Francesca Calogero
Francesca Calogero
15:33 16 Mar 22
Dr. Patty what can I say..I will not go to another dentist EVER. Dr. Patty and the staff get 10 BIG stars for the never ending patience they had with me over the years. Thankyou 🙂
Marilyn Zakaluzny
Marilyn Zakaluzny
13:14 23 Feb 22
Dr. Patti and her incredible staff perfectly mix professionalism and brilliance with an ability to make patients feel right at home. I have been a patient for almost 10 years and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. From teeth cleanings to more invasive procedures, Dr. Patti's team is unmatched. Lately I have been treating for my sleep apnea. I can say without exaggeration that the device Dr. Patti prescribed and developed for me changed my life. I went from fitful nights of frequently-interrupted sleep all while snoring like a jackal, to sleeping through the night without making a sound. My wife may be happier at this development than I am. In short, whatever your dental/sleep needs, look no further than Aesthetic Dentistry.
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