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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
August 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
LasersCouldOneDaybeCommonplaceforTreatingGumDisease

There are a variety of methods for treating periodontal (gum) disease depending on its severity — from routine office cleanings to periodontal surgery. But the goal behind all of them remains the same: remove bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar), the root cause for gum disease, from all tooth and gum surfaces.

The traditional method for doing this is called scaling in which we use special hand instruments (scalers) to mechanically remove plaque and calculus. Scaling and a similar procedure called root planing (the root surfaces are “planed” smooth of plaque to aid tissue reattachment) require quite a bit of skill and experience. They're also time-consuming: full treatment can take several sessions, depending on how extensive the infection has spread.

In recent years, we've also seen a new method emerge for removing plaque: lasers. Commonly used in other aspects of healthcare, lasers utilize a focused beam of light to destroy and remove diseased or unhealthy tissue while, according to studies and firsthand accounts, minimizing healthy tissue destruction to a better degree than traditional techniques. Procedure and healing times are likewise reduced.

Because of these beneficial characteristics, we are seeing their use in gum disease treatment, especially for removing diseased and inflamed tissues below the gum line and decreasing sub-gingival (“below the gums”) bacteria.

Dentists who have used lasers in this way do report less tissue damage, bleeding and post-treatment discomfort than traditional treatments. But because research is just beginning, there's not enough evidence to say laser treatment is preferably better than conventional treatment for gum disease.

At this point, lasers can be an effective addition to conventional gum disease treatment for certain people, especially those in the early stages of the disease. As we continue to study this technology, though, the day may come when lasers are the preferred way to stop gum disease from ruining your dental health.

If you would like more information on treating 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 “Lasers Versus Traditional Cleanings for Treating Gum Disease.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
July 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raul Figueroa, and Dr. Kevin Murawski examine your teeth during regular exams, and one of the main conditions they look for is periodontal disease. While you should never ignore signs of periodontal disease, the condition often sets in without causing any symptoms initially. In many cases, symptoms indicate that the disease has progressed to a late stage. Treating periodontal disease in Lawrenceville, NJ, is possible at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics.

Look out for these periodontal disease signs

As soon as you can tell something's wrong with your gums, you should schedule an appointment for periodontal disease in Lawrenceville, NJ. Untamed periodontal disease can do a lot of damage to your soft and hard oral tissues. Therefore, it's important to immediately report these signs and symptoms to your dentist:

  • Pain while chewing
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Bad breath that doesn't get better with brushing
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Bright red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, like while brushing or flossing

Diagnosing a periodontal disease is simple with an examination from your dentist. Even if you don't notice symptoms like these or don't think anything of them, your dentist can see signs that you might not immediately identify. This is why the Center for Disease Control recommends visiting your dentist at least once a year for an exam.

What happens if you ignore signs of periodontal disease?

Managing your periodontal disease is vital for your oral health and your overall systemic health since infections tend to spread if you don't treat them. Without treatment, periodontal disease can get worse to the point of:

  • Tooth loss
  • Recurrent abscesses
  • Jawbone damage
  • Permanent holes in your gums

These issues are very costly to treat, especially when you consider that treatment for the early stages of gum disease can be as simple as improving your oral hygiene routine. Your dentist tells you how serious your periodontal disease is and what you'll need to do to get it under control.

Treating periodontal disease in Lawrenceville, NJ, is as simple as booking a visit at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics. To see Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raul Figueroa, and Dr. Kevin Murawski for signs of gum disease, call the office at (609) 896-0700.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
July 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
4ReasonsWhyYouMayNeedtoSeeaPeriodontistforYourGumDisease

After treating you for periodontal (gum) disease for some time, we may suggest you see a periodontist, a specialist in gum conditions and diseases. There are a number of reasons for a referral, including the specific type of gum disease you may have developed.

Here are 4 more reasons why seeing a periodontist might be advantageous at this stage in your dental care.

Advanced treatment. All dentists are skilled in basic treatment procedures for gum disease, particularly removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that cause and sustain infections. But if your disease has advanced deeper below the gum line and has resulted in infection-filled void pockets between teeth and gums or in gum recession (the tissues shrinking back from the teeth), you may need more advanced techniques and equipment provided by a periodontist.

Advanced Cleanings. Regular, twice-a-year office cleanings are part of every dental care program. But depending on the severity of your gum disease (and your own hygiene efforts) you may need more frequent and advanced cleanings to keep recurring infections at bay. A periodontist can provide this, as well as help you develop a daily hygiene plan that meets your needs.

Your general health. There are a number of systemic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease or pregnancy that can affect gum health. Many of these issues are tied to tissue inflammation, a major component of chronic gum disease, as well as slower tissue healing. As specialists in the gums and their relationship with the rest of the body, a periodontist can develop a treatment approach that coordinates with these other health issues.

Future restoration preparation. One of our treatment goals with gum disease is to try to prolong the life of natural teeth for as long as possible. In reality, though, some or all of your teeth may have a shortened life expectancy. If a comprehensive dental restoration is in your future, a periodontist can help prepare your gums for the inevitable. They may also be able to repair or restore gum tissues that enhance the appearance of a restoration to create a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on advanced treatment for 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 “Referral to a Dental Specialist.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How can you prevent the number one cause of tooth loss? In case you don't know, periodontal disease leads millions of Americans to lose one or more teeth every year, according to the CDC. However, you can prevent this gum malady. At Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ, Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raúl Figueroa, and Dr. Kevin Murawski are the on-staff periodontists who show patients how to keep periodontitis away for good.

It's not rocket science...

But, it is good science. Oral bacteria destroys gum tissue. Hidden in plaque and tartar at and below the gum line, Strep germs infect gums, causing bad breath, loose teeth and ultimately, tooth loss.

The American Academy of Periodontology cites many other symptoms. While not all are obvious to you, they will be to your periodontist when he examines your mouth at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics. Symptoms include:

  • Gum tenderness, swelling and redness
  • Changing dental bite
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Sores and abscesses on the gums
  • Dark gum tissue
  • Teeth which appear longer than they previously did
  • Bleeding when you brush or eat
  • Gum and dental sensitivity

Ignored or undetected, these symptoms escalate, causing tooth mobility, and impacting your overall health. For instance, the American Heart Association (AHA) cites research that indicates periodontal disease doubles a person's chances of having hardened arteries in the brain and a catastrophic stroke.

How to prevent gum disease

Your periodontists in Lawrenceville can show you ways to prevent gum disease. Strategies involve changes to your lifestyle and how to improve your oral hygiene habits.

Here's what you should do:

  1. Limit the amount of alcohol you consume.
  2. Increase the amount of fiber and fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.
  3. Stay well hydrated.
  4. Stop smoking.
  5. Brush your teeth and gums gently twice a day for two minutes (as advised by the American Dental Association, or ADA).
  6. See your family dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam.
  7. Reduce stress. Psychology Today reports that stress and anxiety harm your immune system and your ability to resist periodontal issues.
  8. Take your risk seriously. If you're in your senior years or gum disease runs in your family, be extra vigilant.

We will support you

At Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raul Figueroa and Dr. Kevin Murawski encourage their patients in good gum habits. If you or your dentist are concerned about your periodontal health, please contact our office in Lawrenceville, NJ, for a helpful consultation and excellent care. Phone (609) 896-0700.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
March 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Among the most common early warning signs of periodontal or gum disease is blood when brushing your teeth. Some bleeding might seem harmless, but it can also be a sign of gingivitis, which is essentially a mild case of gum disease. This means that your gums may already have an infection and if you fail to treat it, it can seep into gums and into your jawbone. When this happens, you have already developed periodontitis, which is a more severe type of periodontal disease.

Here at the Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ, one of our periodontists, Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raúl Figueroa, or Dr. Kevin Murawski, can determine whether you have gum disease and recommend the most proper treatment for your case. Meanwhile, you can watch out for these gum disease warning signs so you can obtain prompt and proper treatment for it as soon as possible.

Swollen and Red Gums

Periodontal diseases usually begin with inflammation of the gum line. In most cases, the gums may likewise feel painful and/or tender and easily bleed when brushing and flossing your teeth.

Foul Breath

The mouth is a perfect home for bacteria simply because it’s constantly wet and warm. Bacteria produce toxins that smell bad and could potentially irritate your teeth and gums. It could likewise be a warning sign of severe periodontal disease since the smell of your breath won’t really change if you only have gingivitis.

Sensitive Teeth

If you suddenly feel pain in your teeth when consuming cold drinks and foods, you should pay attention to what they’re telling you. This is typically a warning sign of periodontal disease and is usually accompanied by receding gums. When your gums recede, the dentin, which is the teeth’s sensitive part will be exposed, resulting in sensitive teeth.

Shifting or Loose Teeth

Periodontal disease could assault the bones holding your teeth in their proper places and make them shift or loose. When not addressed as soon as possible, this could negatively impact your bite.

It’s crucial to point out that all kinds of periodontal diseases could increase your risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, pneumonia, and osteoporosis. With this in mind, visit your periodontist in Lawrenceville, NJ, if you experience any of the gum disease warning signs mentioned above.

 

Think That You Have Some Form of Gum Disease?

Call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ, to schedule a visit with one of our periodontists, Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raúl Figueroa, or Dr. Kevin Murawski. Dial (609) 896-0700 for more information.



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