May 15, 2018
The human body is a complex machine, and those who study dentistry know how connected the mouth is to the rest of the body — what goes on in the oral cavity can affect or be affected by your heart, lungs, and other organs. When it comes to gum disease, the effect is especially significant. This condition takes a serious toll on your overall health, which makes periodontal therapy in Florham Park a critical need for patients with gum disease.
Strong Link Between Periodontal, Overall Health
Estimates say that the majority of people over the age of 35 have some level of gum disease. This is a worrisome statistic given the fact that the effects of gum disease are not just limited to your mouth. Indeed, gum disease has been linked to a number of serious health conditions. Some of these include:
- Heart trouble: Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke
- Respiratory issues: COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), pneumonia
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Memory loss/dementia
- Certain types of cancer
- In pregnant women, low birthweight and preterm labor
If you experience the symptoms of gum disease — which include bleeding, red, tender gums, persistent bad breath, gum recession, and shifting teeth — do not hesitate to get in touch with your dentist or periodontist. Periodontal therapy can help to arrest the condition and prevent the development of these health problems.
What to Expect from Periodontal Therapy
The type of periodontal therapy that your dentist recommends will depend on the stage of the infection. In the beginning, gum disease is called gingivitis and can usually be reversed with improved oral hygiene at home and a couple of additional visits to your dentist.
After gum disease has reached moderate levels, the gold standard scaling and root planing (SRP) treatment may be recommended. This is a treatment in which your dentist, periodontist, or hygienist uses special tools to clean above and below the gum line, smoothing out the tooth’s root to prevent reinfection. SRP may be combined with antibiotic treatment for full healing of the infection.
In the most severe cases of periodontal disease, surgical intervention may be required. This can include flap surgery, in which your periodontist in Florham Park lifts the gum tissue to thoroughly remove the infected tissue that lies beneath. Gum grafting may be recommended after the treatment of gum disease to replace tissue that has been lost due to infection.
No matter the treatment that is best for you and your smile, professional intervention is required for gum disease. Don’t wait to get started — for the sake of your oral AND overall health.
Meet the Periodontist
Dr. James Rynar is an experienced periodontist offering comprehensive services from the comfort of the Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology office. To learn more about gum disease treatment in Florham Park, you are invited to contact Dr. Rynar’s team at 973-377-3131.
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