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What is Periodontal Disease?

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Drs. Shetty and Patel of Modern Dental Studio in East Brunswick, New Jersey, help patients achieve and maintain oral health and wellness. One condition that puts the smile at risk of damage is periodontal disease. Many patients have questions about this condition and are interested in learning more about the signs and symptoms.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissues and bones that support your teeth. It is commonly caused by plaque build-up along the gum line.

What are the signs and symptoms of developing gum disease?

Periodontal disease and infection symptoms include red, swollen, or tender gums, chronic bad breath, and loose or shifting teeth. If left untreated, it may lead to tooth loss and even affect your overall health.

How is periodontal disease diagnosed?

Drs. Shetty and Patel of Modern Dental Studio will thoroughly examine your mouth, including checking the depth of the pockets between your gums and teeth. X-rays may also be taken to assess the health of your jawbone. A physical evaluation can also help. Our team is trained and experienced in spotting the symptoms of periodontal disease and providing a definitive diagnosis.

How is gum disease treated?

Treatment for periodontal disease may include professional cleanings to remove plaque and tartar build-up, medication to control infection, and surgery to restore damaged tissue or bone. This may include anything from a deep cleaning to address gingivitis to a deep treatment such as scaling and root planing. During an evaluation, the stage of the condition is diagnosed, and then treatment options are discussed based on this information. 

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is preventable with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental check-ups. Brush and floss regularly and schedule a cleaning every six months to protect yourself from gum disease.

Request a visit with our team at Modern Dental Studio!

If you suspect you might have gum disease, talk to Drs. Shetty and Patel of East Brunswick, NJ, so they can diagnose and treat the issue before it becomes a bigger problem. Call (732) 402-8858 to request an appointment with our team at 577 Cranbury Road, Suite C-1.