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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.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
July 26, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Are your gums healthy? Periodontal (gum) disease can occur gradually and won't necessarily cause alarming symptoms at first. If you don't receive treatment, you may eventually develop a severe infection and risk losing your teeth. Fortunately, your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Drs. John Lu and Raul Figueroa of Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, offer effective treatments for periodontal disease.

How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can be subtle initially. They can include:

  • Bad Breath: Breath odor is a problem for everyone from time to time. Although bad breath may occur when you first wake up or after eating an onion-laden sandwich, chronic bad breath is never normal. In fact, it can be a sign of gum disease.
  • A Bloody Toothbrush: Gum disease irritates your gums and makes them more sensitive. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or it looks pink, you may have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease.
  • Gum Changes: Periodontal disease can inflame your gums, causing redness and swelling.
  • Pain: Inflamed gums tend to be painful. Even pressing on them gently can be uncomfortable. As the disease worsens, chewing can become painful.
  • Receding Gums: Gum disease may also cause your gums to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. When this happens, your teeth become sensitive and may hurt after you eat or drink hot or cold foods and drinks.

If you ignore these signs of gum disease, it may worsen. As the disease becomes more severe, your gums can become more inflamed and painful, and you may even notice pus on them. Eventually, the teeth can pull away from the gums, forming deep pockets full of bacteria. The bacteria can damage bones, ligaments and gum tissue and may be responsible for loosening your teeth.

Prompt treatment of periodontal disease is the key to protecting your oral health. Call your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Drs. John Lu and Raul Figueroa of Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, at (609) 896-0700 to schedule an appointment.



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133 Franklin Corner Road
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(609) 896-0700
 

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