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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.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 12, 2019
Category: Oral Health
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After several treatment sessions your periodontal (gum) disease is under control. But, while we may have won this battle, the war rages on. To keep an infection from re-occurring we'll have to remain on guard.

Gum disease begins and thrives on a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces called plaque. The infection usually begins as gingivitis, which causes the gums to become red and swollen (inflamed). Untreated it can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form that progresses deeper into the gum tissues resulting in bone loss.

To treat the disease, we must remove all the plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) we can find no matter how deeply they've penetrated below the gum line. Since the deeper it extends the more likely surgical techniques may be necessary to consider, it's better to catch the disease in its earliest stages when plaque can be removed with hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment.

The appropriate treatment technique can effectively stop and even reverse gum disease's effects — but it won't change your susceptibility. Constant vigilance is the best way to significantly reduce your risk of another episode. In this case, our prevention goal is the same as in treatment: remove plaque.

It begins with you learning and applying effective brushing and flossing techniques, and being consistent with these habits every day. As your dentist, we play a role too: we may need to see you as often as every few weeks or quarter to perform meticulous cleaning above and below the gum line. We may also perform procedures on your gums to make it easier to maintain them and your teeth, including correcting root surface irregularities that can accumulate plaque.

Our aim is to reduce the chances of another infection as much as possible. "Fighting the good fight" calls for attention, diligence and effort — but the reward is continuing good health for your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on continuing dental care after 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 “Periodontal Cleanings.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
November 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans every year. Stemming from the oral bacteria that thrives in plaque and tartar, gum Gum_Diseasedisease causes tooth loss and aggravates conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and others. Fortunately, here at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ, your periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, offer non-surgical periodontal therapy and other treatments to make your gums healthy again.

 

How gum disease starts

You may have heard the age-old expression, "Little things mean a lot." When it comes to dental health, this adage couldn't be more accurate. After all, countless strains of microscopic oral bacteria live in our mouths. In fact, Dear Doctor reports that of the possible 600 types of oral microbes, only 400 have been identified. Whatever the final count may be, too many of these tiny germs can create the big problems of tooth decay and its equally dangerous counterpart, gum disease.

Gum disease—from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis—originates in the tiny germs that just love carb-based plaque and tartar. As the bacteria grows, so does damaging inflammation and infection that leads to:

  • Bad breath
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Pus
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in how teeth bite together
  • Dark gum color
  • Periodontal pockets (spaces between teeth and gums) which measure more than three millimeters in depth

 

How to detect gum disease

The American College of Periodontology states that early on, gum disease often goes unnoticed; however, over time, the symptoms become much more noticeable and destructive. Fortunately, at our office in Lawrenceville, NJ, your periodontist can spot the initial signs of gum disease and put together a care plan to help restore gum health.

 

Non-surgical periodontal therapy

Gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) responds well to routine brushing and careful flossing at home. Dr. Lu and Dr. Figueroa also advise a thorough in-office cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Additionally, the doctors may prescribe topical antibiotics instilled in gum pockets or antimicrobial rinses used at home to quell bacterial growth.

Other therapies include scaling and root planing. Also termed "deep cleaning," this procedure scrapes tartar from tooth surfaces and roots. It eliminates the environment that bacteria thrives in and allows gum tissue to re-attach to teeth.

Finally, your periodontist may adjust your dental bite by simply reshaping the biting surfaces of your teeth. Some patients require a metal or composite resin splint to stabilize mobile teeth. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs.

 

Concerned about your dental health? Give us a call

Phone Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics for more information or to book a consultation: (609) 896-0700.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
November 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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After a dental examination revealed you had periodontal (gum) disease, you began undergoing treatment. Now after several cleaning sessions, the infection has subsided and your gums have returned to a healthy shade of pink.

But your gum care isn’t over — depending on the infection’s severity you may need to visit us more often than the normal six months between regular checkups.

Gum disease arises from dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants built up on tooth surfaces due to poor oral hygiene. The bacteria cause an infection in the gums, which initiates a response from the body’s immune system that triggers inflammation.

Without proper treatment, periodontitis can come back in which the infection spreads deeper below the gum line. Pockets of infection can reoccur as gum tissues weaken and lose their attachment to teeth. This continuing damage can ultimately lead to both tooth and bone loss.

To stop the disease it’s necessary to remove all the infection-causing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from tooth surfaces, including around the roots. This is performed manually and could require surgery once again to access areas below the gum line.

To guard against this it’s necessary for you to undergo regular periodontal maintenance (PM). Besides cleaning, PM gives us an opportunity to check for signs of returning gum disease and, if found, plan for another round of treatment.

Although not written in stone, the interval between PM appointments that seems the most effective for preventing recurrence is every three months. In cases of advanced, aggressive gum disease, appointments may need to occur at even shorter intervals, for example every two months.

PM for susceptible patients with decreased resistance to disease require extra time and effort for the hygienist, along with a renewed daily hygiene habit of effective brushing and flossing by you to keep the disease at bay. But preventing another occurrence of gum disease and its consequences is well worth this extra attention for the health of your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on dental care after gum disease treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



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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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