Treating Periodontal Diseases

Periodontal disease is a serious dental condition that eventually may result in loss of teeth. Fortunately, there are treatment options available. If you suspect you might have periodontal disease, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. The team at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates can restore your teeth and gums with skilled, compassionate care in our Newark and New Brunswick offices.

How to Tell if You Have Periodontal Disease

As periodontal disease progresses, you may start to notice symptoms. In the early stages, the disease is classified as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and floss.

If not treated, the inflammation turns into infection. More symptoms will appear, including:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, tender and swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Pain, especially while chewing
  • Teeth become loose and may start to shift, tilt and fall out
  • Extremely bad breath
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Abscesses
  • Exposed tooth roots

Keep in mind that periodontal disease doesn’t just affect the mouth – your whole body may be impacted. Patients with untreated periodontal disease may eventually experience bone loss in the jaw and an increased risk of heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes. If you’re pregnant, you may also be more likely to develop preeclampsia and deliver a baby with a low birth weight.

Periodontal Treatment Options

To prevent the disease from escalating, you can seek treatment from a qualified dentist. Treatment options include both surgical and non-surgical. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to help fight the infection.

Severe cases, however, will likely require surgery to reduce the size of the pockets that have formed due to bone loss. In some cases, regenerative procedures and periodontal plastic surgical procedures can correct damage caused by the disease. For example, bone grafts and gum grafts may be used to repair defects. Once the infection is removed, some patients may require dental implants if teeth that have been lost.

Make an Appointment

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, it's imperative to act immediately. Call Rutgers Health University Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment, and we’ll begin a treatment plan to restore your oral health.