Gum disease affects an estimated 3 out of every 4 Americans and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is a serious condition that can contribute to more than just dental concerns including other health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes.
Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that centers mostly on the treatment and prevention of gum disease as well as the placement of dental implants. Dr. Raj Upadya of Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry in East Hanover, NJ, offers periodontal therapy to prevent and treat the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
Although other factors play a role, poor oral hygiene is a primary cause of gum disease. The best way to prevent it is through routine dental care and maintenance that includes daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to the dentist for professional dental cleanings and examinations. It is common practice for our dentists to screen for signs of this disease at every visit.
About Gum Disease in East Hanover, NJ
There is no single cause or factor for gum disease. Common causes for gum disease include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Genetic predisposition
- Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause
- Certain medications
- Teeth grinding
- Poor nutrition
Known as a “silent disease”, many patients with gum disease don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until advanced stages of the condition.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Typically, patients do not realize they have gum disease until the later stages, when damage to the gums affects the teeth or gums become significantly irritated.
Patients with gum disease most commonly experience:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Gum Disease Treatment
There are many options for gum disease treatment depending on your specific condition. Dr. Upadya uses both conservative therapies and advanced dental technology to address many periodontal concerns:
- Scaling and root planing
- Laser dentistry
If you have loose or missing teeth as a result of gum disease, there are a number of options for replacement. Dr. Upadya will recommend the most conservative treatment with the best esthetic and long term results. Treatment for missing teeth may include: dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures.
Treatment for Receding Gums
Dr. Upadya is excited to offer patients with receding gums a new, minimally invasive procedure called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation. This microsurgical procedure was invented by California dentist Dr. John Chao. Dr. Upadya was a member of Dr. Chao’s inaugural class of dentists to undergo training and certification in the procedure.
There are only 150 dentists worldwide with this certification, making Dr. Upadya one of few dentists on the East Coast experienced in this gum recession treatment.
Gum Disease FAQs
What is the best treatment for gum disease?
The first treatment for gum disease is to scale the patients teeth and polish them. This removes built-up plaque on and around teeth. The second treatment for more serious problems is root planing.
Can gum disease be cured?
In its earlier stage gum disease can be reversed. If gum disease is caught in its first stage, gingivitis, patients can undergo treatment to reverse it. As gum disease progresses it gets harder to reverse, and dentists focus on preventing further damage through treatment.
What are the stages of gum disease?
There are 4 stages of gum disease. It begins with gingivitis which is reversible. The second stage is slight periodontal disease. The last two stages are moderate periodontal disease, and advanced periodontal disease. The last two stages are the most serious stages of the disease.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you are searching for a dentist in the Summit, NJ and East Hanover NJ area that treats gum disease, contact Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry today. Call us at 973-241-5169 or schedule an appointment online to learn what the best dental treatments are for you.