Dr. Tripthi Shetty of East Brunswick, New Jersey, is a dentist who can help patients with periodontitis diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can cause an infection with symptoms such as bleeding gums, swollen tissues, and even lost teeth. By learning how to spot the condition and get help, many patients can overcome this condition and keep it under control over many years. It cannot be cured, so prevention is vital.
How can I prevent gum disease and other dental issues?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss after every meal and visit the dentist as recommended–typically every six months–for a cleaning and evaluation.
What treatment options are available for periodontal disease?
The two main types of treatment for periodontal disease are nonsurgical and surgical. Nonsurgical treatment is usually the first line of defense against periodontal disease. This type of treatment can successfully treat the early stages of the disease. Nonsurgical treatment includes:
- Professional cleaning: This involves deep cleaning your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar buildup. This is typically done by a dentist or dental hygienist.
- Medications: Antibiotics can be prescribed to help fight bacteria that contribute to periodontal disease. These can be in the form of a mouth rinse, toothpaste, gel, or chip that is placed directly on the gum tissue.
Surgical treatment may be recommended for more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Surgical options include:
- Pocket reduction surgery: Also called flap surgery, this procedure involves lifting back the gum tissue to remove plaque and tartar buildup. The gum tissue is then sutured back in place.
- Bone grafts: This procedure is done to help replace bone that has been lost due to periodontal disease.
- Tissue regeneration: This procedure is used to help grow new bone and soft tissue. A piece of mesh material is placed over the area to promote new growth.
How do I maintain a healthy smile after periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. It is important to maintain oral health, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits.
Who can I visit to get a thorough evaluation and definitive diagnosis?
If you live in the East Brunswick, NJ area and are interested in learning more about periodontal disease prevention, treatment, and maintenance, connect with Dr. Tripthi Shetty of Modern Dental Studio to discuss the benefits of working with her team. Call (732) 402-8858 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation at 577 Cranbury Road, Suite C-1.