Periodontal Therapy in Newtown, PA
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a degenerative oral condition that affects the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth. When left untreated, gum disease can seriously affect the overall health of your mouth and body. Periodontal disease begins with plaque and tartar building up on the teeth. Bacteria in plaque irritate the gums and can cause infection and inflammation. If this condition is allowed to progress without proper treatment, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and a receding gum line.
Periodontics, commonly called gum treatment, is treatment specifically designed to treat gum disease and restore the health of your gums and smile as a whole. Periodontics can include improved at-home dental care, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning treatments), additional professional cleanings, or gum surgery. At The Dentists of Newtown, we offer the expertise of periodontists (dentists specially trained in periodontal care) to ensure you receive the treatment you need for gum disease in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
If you have noticed that your gums are swollen, tender, red, or bleed easily, you may suffer from the early stages of gum disease. We encourage you to contact us today to learn more about periodontics and to schedule your visit with our experienced dentists and periodontists.
When gum disease first begins, symptoms are relatively mild and can be reversed by the right techniques. Our practice may recommend more frequent cleanings with additional emphasis on the patient’s soft tissue in order to treat any existing damage. Additionally, we can offer guidance on how to more effectively clean teeth and gums at home with brushing, flossing, and additional hygiene products. Our goal is to restore your smile’s health and vitality as early as possible.
Scaling & Root Planing
A common approach to treating gum disease is scaling and root planing, an in-depth dental cleaning that revitalizes your oral health. The scaling process will involve our doctors removing plaque that’s accumulated below the gum line, while planing is the removal of rough spots on the tooth roots, which can be magnets for dangerous bacteria. Above all else, our team’s goal is to treat gum disease early enough that surgical intervention isn’t required and there’s little risk of tooth loss.
A common symptom of gum disease is the illusion of your teeth becoming longer and longer over time – this is actually a sign of the gum line receding, exposing vulnerable tooth roots in the process. Here in Newtown, our talented periodontists can perform gum graft surgery to repair these areas and prevent further infection from occurring. The tissue is usually taken from the root of the mouth or the palate; it’s then relocated into the proper position.
There are times where the presence of gum tissue can get in the way of needed restorative and cosmetic procedures, such as when the tooth has broken beneath the gum line or there isn’t a sufficient amount of structure to place a restoration successfully. If our Newtown staff recognizes this problem in your smile, we can provide a crown lengthening procedure to correct and reshape the gum tissue. This procedure can also offer valuable cosmetic benefits to patients with overly “gummy” smiles!
A frenum is a small piece of muscle that attaches tissues together. There are two located within the mouth, and they have the potential to cause significant functional issues for young patients, such as discomfort, difficulty swallowing, or the feeling of being “tongue-tied.” In these cases, our Newtown dentists may recommend a frenectomy for your child, which is the removal of the frenum. In most instances, the procedure is so minor that bleeding is minimal and sutures aren’t even needed.