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Posts for: December, 2017

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Find out what a periodontist does and when you should turn to one for dental care.periodontal  dentistry

When you think about your oral health it’s easy to think about keeping your teeth clean, vibrant and healthy, but what about your gums? Are you providing your gums with the proper care they need to also stay healthy, too? Here in Lawrenceville, NJ, our periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, want to make sure that your gums always get the proper care they need.

Did you know that gum disease affects millions of adults each year? In fact, it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Unfortunately, not everyone presents with symptoms so it isn’t always easy to tell that you have gum disease until it’s progressed. This is why visiting a dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams is imperative for keeping teeth and gums healthy.

Of course, it’s important to be able to pinpoint the telltale signs that something is wrong so that you can visit our periodontal expert in Lawrenceville as soon as possible when an issue arises. A periodontist has received specialized and comprehensive training to be able to detect, diagnose and treat gum disease.

It’s time to schedule an immediate evaluation with us if you notice these problems:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily (often after brushing or flossing)
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discomfort or pain when chewing or eating
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Receding gums (as a result, teeth will look longer)
  • Changes in your bite or how your teeth fit together
  • Loose teeth

There are also risk factors that can increase your chances of developing gum disease during your lifetime. These risk factors include:

  • A family history of gum disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Tobacco use
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor diet

Whether you are experiencing symptoms or you are at risk for gum disease, it’s important that you have a periodontist on your side that you can turn to for regular care and evaluations to maintain healthy gums.

Are you ready to learn more about the periodontal services we offer here in Lawrenceville, NJ? Do you want to find out if dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for you? Then you’ve come to the right place. Call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics today.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

People with poor hygiene habits can develop a chronic form of periodontal (gum) disease known as gingivitis. Characterized by inflamed and bleeding gums, gingivitis is caused by an infection triggered by bacterial plaque, a thin film of food remnant built up on tooth surfaces.

This chronic form of gingivitis, though, can quickly escalate into more serious forms of gum disease that may lead to tooth and bone loss. One such condition is Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis (ANUG), also known as “trench mouth.” ANUG is a painful condition that can appear suddenly and result in extensive tissue damage and ulcerations, particularly in the papillae, the small, triangular bits of tissue between teeth. Persons with ANUG may also develop a foul breath and taste.

Gingivitis often develops into ANUG when certain mouth conditions exist: poor diet, smoking, which can dry the mouth and disrupt healthy bacterial flora, and increased stress or anxiety. If caught early, though, ANUG is highly treatable and reversible.

After determining you have ANUG and not another condition, our first step is to relieve the symptoms with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to manage pain and reduce swelling. We also prescribe a regimen of antibiotics like Amoxicillin (a proven antibiotic against the specific bacteria that cause ANUG). This should decrease the symptoms within 24 to 48 hours.

As the inflammation subsides we want to continue treatment by removing any plaque or calculus (hardened plaque deposits), especially in hard to reach places. This involves a technique known as scaling in which we used specialized hand tools or ultrasonic equipment to manually remove and flush away plaque and calculus.

The final step depends on you. To prevent reoccurrence, it’s important for you to consistently practice effective oral hygiene to remove plaque — brushing twice and flossing once each day, and visiting us at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Quitting tobacco and improving your diet will also reduce your risk for ANUG.

ANUG and any other form of gum disease can cause a lot of damage. But taking steps to care for your teeth will help keep this acute form of gingivitis from arising in the first place.

If you would like more information on gingivitis and other forms of gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Painful Gums in Teens & Adults.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 04, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Although your smile wouldn't be the same without them, there's more to your gums than their looks. Besides helping to hold your teeth in place, they're also an important protective barrier for their roots.

Unfortunately, gums aren't immune to disease, especially periodontal (gum) disease. This bacterial infection, triggered by built-up dental plaque on teeth due to insufficient oral hygiene, can cause the gum tissues to detach from teeth and shrink back (recede). This can make your teeth more sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages, as well as put them at even greater risk for tooth decay.

To treat gum recession, our first priority is to stop any ongoing gum disease through aggressive plaque removal. Depending on severity, this could require clinical procedures like scaling or root planing to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque deposits) at or below the gum line. This is especially crucial for improving gum tissue healing and stimulating potential reattachment.

Revitalizing gum tissues this way naturally has a better chance of occurring if we're able to prevent recession before it reaches the roots. If that does happen and we have sufficient gum tissue attachment remaining, we may need to give the gum tissue a helping hand through gum grafting surgery. There are a number of techniques depending on the circumstances, but they all use either tissue from another location in the patient's mouth or prepared tissue from another human donor. This type of surgery requires great skill and expertise, not to mention an aesthetic sense, to achieve a result that's both functional and attractive.

Other than daily brushing and flossing, the most important thing you can do for gum health is to see us as soon as you notice any signs of gum problems like swelling, bleeding or tooth sensitivity. The sooner we can diagnose and begin treating the problem, the less likely any gum recession will have a long-term impact on your health.

If you would like more information on gum health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gum Recession.”

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133 Franklin Corner Road
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(609) 896-0700

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