August 10, 2015
According to recent studies conducted in the US anywhere between 50 and 80% of adults (30+) suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. If that weren’t enough to encourage patients to care for their gums, periodontal disease has also been linked to numerous systemic diseases and chronic illnesses. Maintaining great at-home hygiene and visiting your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings is essential to preventing periodontal disease, but if these preventive measures are not enough, Dr. James Rynar of Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology Associates can help you restore your oral health with surgical, non-surgical, and LANAP periodontal therapy options. Call our Florham Park, NJ office to schedule your appointment today.
Gum Disease Diagnosis and Periodontal Therapy Madison Relies On
Patients who suffer from periodontal disease are often unaware of it until the disease has reached an advanced state. That’s why regular checkups and cleanings form a dental professional are essential. Gum disease occurs when bacteria below the gum line sticks to teeth forming plaque. When the plaque calcifies, it forms calculus or tartar. This hardened plaque buildup can irritate the gums causing mild redness, irritation, or inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis which is much more detrimental to oral health. Periodontitis creates a pocket of infection between the tooth and gums. The infection breaks down the tissues and fibers that connect teeth to the gums and jawbone, and this infection can eventually breakdown the jawbones themselves. This destruction of connective tissue is why periodontal disease is cited as the number one cause of tooth loss in US adults.
Luckily, most patients, with the help of their dental practitioners, are able to recognize the symptoms and receive adequate treatment before periodontitis advances to this stage. The two most common treatments of gum disease are scaling and root planing. These two treatments are almost always completed in concert to provide the most effective response. As a periodontist, Dr. Rynar is better equipped than a general dentist to perform these procedures because he completed several years of advanced dental study and practice in treating periodontal disease as well as other oral health concerns and procedures relating to the gums. Many of Dr. Rynar’s colleagues trust him to offer the best periodontal care because he has years of training and experience. He’s truly the expert in the Florham Park and Madison, NJ area and beyond.
Scaling to Treat Periodontal Disease in Florham Park
Scaling is the process of removing tartar and infected tissue from around the root of the tooth below the gum line. This is done using a small pick-type tool to scrape away the plaque and calculus. This is a necessary first step to healing the infected gums, but is often not the last step. Root planing, antibiotics, bite adjustments, and restorative care may also be necessary to finalize your treatment.
Root Planing to Heal and Prevent Gum Disease in Madison and Millburn
After scaling takes place, you will often need root planing to help protect teeth and gums from future infection. Root planing smooths the root’s surface making it more difficult for plaque and tartar to adhere and cause further concern. Depending on the extent of the damage caused prior to treatment, Dr. Rynar may need to apply a topical antimicrobial gel below the gums to kill bacteria or prescribe an oral antibiotic to ensure a full recovery. Additionally, if teeth have been loosened or lost due to periodontal disease, you may need restorative dental treatment to return your smile.
Call Dr. James Rynar for Periodontal Therapy, Millburn
Dr. Rynar is the Millburn, NJ expert in the treatment of periodontal disease, and he will help you look and feel your very best. If you’re in need of periodontal therapy, Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology Associates will help you feel better fast. Call to schedule an evaluation or consultation appointment today. Our Florham Park, NJ office looks forward to serving our patients from Madison, Millburn, East Hannover, Summit and beyond.
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