Periodontal Treatments to Help You Achieve and Maintain Optimal Oral Health
When left untreated, periodontal (gum) disease can not only compromise the look and function of your smile, it can also put you at a greater risk for other potentially serious health conditions. Fortunately, Dr. Andrew R. Samuel can address gum disease at each of its stages to help you maintain optimal oral and overall health with periodontal treatments at his Ocean, NJ, practice.
When treating periodontal disease, Dr. Samuel will begin with the most conservative approach, which can include rinses and other minimally invasive options. In more serious cases, Dr. Samuel can treat the root of your concerns by performing periodontal surgery or other advanced procedures. To schedule an appointment and learn more, reach out to our practice today.
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
Gum disease is one of the most common health problems in the country, affecting more than 65 million Americans. Poor dental hygiene, smoking, and a compromised immune system are the leading causes of gum disease. Although patients of all ages can suffer from the condition, those over the age of 65 are at a higher risk. In its early stages, symptoms of gum disease can include inflammation, bad breath, and bleeding gums. As the disease progresses, teeth can begin to loosen or fall out, and you may experience tissue recession and jawbone degeneration.
In addition to the negative effects on your smile and oral health, gum disease can also dramatically impact your overall wellbeing. Studies have linked the condition to serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Furthermore, Dr. Samuel can sometimes diagnose diabetes based on certain symptoms of periodontal disease.
Our Approach to Periodontal Treatments
At Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implants, we take a comprehensive, personalized approach to treating gum disease. This begins with a thorough diagnosis at our practice. Once we have identified the cause of your concerns, we can begin creating a priority-based roadmap to address your most pressing needs first and ultimately help you achieve optimal oral health.
Treating Early Stages of Gum Disease
If Dr. Samuel spots the early stages of periodontal disease, he can usually effectively treat it with non-invasive methods, such as performing a thorough cleaning or prescribing antibiotics, mouthwashes, or other medications. When oral bacteria begins to affect a moderate amount of gum tissue, we will often perform a scaling and root planing procedure. In addition, Dr. Samuel will educate you about your diagnosis and treatment and instruct you on proper hygiene practices to help you maintain good oral health between visits.
Treating Advanced Stages of Gum Disease
Over time, periodontal disease can advance into a condition known as periodontitis, which may cause bone and oral tissues to break down. Dr. Samuel can address periodontitis by performing:
- Periodontal pocket reduction: As oral bacteria accumulates along periodontal tissues, it can create pockets around teeth. During periodontal pocket reduction, Dr. Samuel will gently fold back gum tissue, treat oral bacteria, and then secure the tissue back into place.
- Osseous surgery: With osseous surgery, Dr. Samuel will reshape the areas where you have suffered bone erosion to help prevent further damage and create a strong foundation for your teeth.
- Tissue regeneration: To promote the growth of new tissues, Dr. Samuel can place special membranes or regenerative proteins over damaged areas.
As a skilled periodontist and implant surgeon, Dr Samuel has the training and experience to effectively treat all phases of periodontal disease.
Schedule an Appointment Today
By trusting your periodontal care to the team at Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implants, you can help mitigate the damage that periodontal diseases can cause. Contact our practice today to schedule a personal consultation.