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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum disease   Root Planing  

Periodontal (gum) disease is an aggressive bacterial infection caused by built-up plaque on tooth surfaces. Gum disease results in bone loss and causes loss of attachment from the teeth, leading to eventual tooth loss.

The goal of any gum disease treatment is to remove as much plaque and calculus (hardened deposits of plaque) from the gums and teeth as possible. Scaling with special hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment is the basic technique for plaque and calculus removal above and below the gum line. As the infection spreads below the gum line, it can widen the natural gap between teeth and gums to form voids known as periodontal pockets that fill with infection. Accessing and cleaning these pockets, which can occur as deep as the tooth roots, will require more invasive procedures.

Pockets that form at a depth greater than 5 mm below the gum line will most likely require surgical access through the gum tissue. But for pockets not quite that deep there’s an intermediary technique called root planing without surgical intervention. As the name suggests, the roots are physically “planed,” much like shaving a wooden board to remove minute layers of wood.

Using similar instruments as with scaling, root planing removes calculus, bacteria and other infected matter adhering to the root surfaces. It’s best to perform the procedure with local anesthesia to numb the gum tissues, which may be quite sensitive depending on the degree of infection. Working in a pain-free environment also helps us to be as thorough as possible in detecting and removing every bit of plaque and calculus we can find.

In advanced cases, it may be necessary to perform this procedure during multiple visits. As plaque and calculus are removed the inflammation in affected tissues will begin to subside, revealing more deposits of plaque and calculus. It’s also important to begin and maintain a daily habit of effective brushing and flossing to lessen the chances of a recurring infection.

Treating gum disease is an ongoing effort that requires constant monitoring and sustained efforts to remove plaque and calculus, including root planing. Saving your teeth, however, is well worth the effort.

If you would like more information on treating periodontal 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 “Root Planing.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
November 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health

In the early stages of peridontal disease, most treatments involve non-surgical procedures. However, in more advanced stages, surgery gum diseaseis often required. Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC, located in Lawrenceville, NJ, offers a variety of gum disease treatments to their patients. Our periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, are among the best periodontists in Lawrenceville. Here are four non-surgical treatments for gum disease that you should be aware of.

Scaling and Root Planing

Root planing and scaling, otherwise known as a deep cleaning, is one of the best ways to treat periodontal disease. This non-surgical procedure is considered the gold standard of treatment for patients with gum disease. Scaling and root planing cleans between the teeth and the gums. This procedure will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and help your gums regain health.


Antimicrobial therapy is the use of chemicals to destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria that cause gum disease. The two most common forms of this therapy are antibiotics and antiseptics. Antibiotics are given as pills or placed under the gums to treat gum disease. Antiseptics are found in mouth rinses. They are used to help prevent gum disease. Research shows that antibiotics have added benefit in treating gum disease in conjunction with scaling and root planing.

Bite Adjustment

The most common reason for tooth looseness is gum disease. If severe gum disease remains untreated, loose teeth will eventually fall out. Another contributor to the loosening of teeth is a grinding habit. A bite adjustment can be performed by reshaping small amounts of tooth enamel. This changes the way upper and lower teeth contact each other, lessening the force. If a grinding habit is a problem, a bite guard can be worn when needed.

Oral Hygiene

One of the best ways to treat periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can usually be cured with daily flossing and brushing and professional dental cleanings by a dentist. Your periodontist may also recommend specialized toothbrushes, such as those that have smaller heads and are motorized, which may be a more effective method of removing plaque from teeth than a regular toothbrush.

Gum disease can be reversed with non-surgical treatments. However, it can lead to major issues if it is not treated in a timely manner. If you want a healthy, beautiful smile, call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC in Lawrenceville, NJ, at (609) 896-0700 right now to schedule an appointment with one of our world-class periodontists. We will help you get rid of gum disease once and for all.

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Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
133 Franklin Corner Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 896-0700

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