In order to have a healthy mouth and maintain good oral hygiene, you need to have both healthy teeth and healthy gums. This is such a problem in the U.S. that the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control, estimate that almost 50 percent of the over-30 adult population in the U.S. has chronic gum disease.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease starts as gingivitis and presents as red, swollen, or bleeding gums. The problem is aggravated by brushing and flossing, which are the best defenses against gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis can cause severe and permanent damage up to and including the loss of your teeth, loss of bone in your jaw, and loss of the ligaments that secure your teeth. Fortunately, gingivitis is completely curable and the damage is reversible if caught before it reaches the advanced stage. Although gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss among adults over 30 in the U.S., it’s completely preventable with good oral hygiene. This includes a regimen of good periodontal care.
What’s Different About a Periodontist in Blackwood?
A periodontist is a dentist who has completed a minimum of two additional years of training in the specialty field of periodontic dentistry. The term periodontics is derived from two Greek words, “perio” which means around, and “dontic” which means tooth. All of the periodontists in our Blackwood office are gum disease specialists and they can help you regain healthy teeth and gums, so call us today at (856) 322-0535 to schedule a consultation if you need periodontics in Blackwood. Any gum disease expert in our office can provide the following periodontal services and more:
- Periodontal disease treatment: After you eat or drink, a sticky substance forms on your teeth. It’s called plaque and it’s laden with bacteria that, if left on your teeth, will begin to erode the enamel and trigger the onset of decay or cavities. It’s removed by flossing and brushing, but not everyone flosses and brushes after each meal or snack. Periodontal disease can attack your gum tissue and cause deterioration of the ligaments in your jaw and your jawbone. READ MORE
- Dental implant placement: Dental implants are very popular. They’re artificial teeth that look very natural and they mimic the roots of your teeth. They are commonly used for cosmetic purposes, to secure crowns, dentures, and bridges. Perhaps their most important function is to help maintain the structural integrity of your jaw and the alignment of your natural teeth. If you lose your natural teeth and don’t replace them, then you can experience premature wrinkling around your mouth. READ MORE
- Crown lengthening: The visible part of your tooth that’s above the gum line is called the crown. Sometimes, an excess of gum tissue can cause the teeth to appear short and stubby so lengthening the crown can yield a nicer smile. This procedure is also used when a partial denture is needed or if braces are to be attached. Since it evens out the gum line, many patients feel that it improves their smile.
- Gummy smile surgery: If you have excessive gum tissue that causes your teeth to appear stubby, then gum contouring may make you happier with your smile. A periodontist in our Blackwood office can shape your gums so that you’re happy with your smile.
- Soft tissue graft/ Gum grafting: Receding gums can expose the roots of the teeth and cause pain as well as loss of teeth and gum tissue. If you have receding gums, call our periodontics office and schedule a gum graft. This will replace the missing tissue and help prevent further recession, decay or bone loss.
- Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis: The incidence of oral cancer has dramatically increased in the past decade. Although smoking used to be the major contributor to the incidence of oral cancer, it has been replaced by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. If you think you may have oral cancer, then call our Blackwood office right away and we can help you. A gum disease specialist in our office will take a tissue sample and send it to our lab for analysis and diagnosis. We’ll also help you establish a treatment regimen that will work with your lifestyle, so call us at (856) 322-0535 for more information.
Regardless of the type of periodontics that you need, our office in Blackwood can help you. Each gum disease specialist in our office is compassionate and dedicated to ensuring their patients’ good oral health. We have a variety of sedation options available and your gum disease expert will discuss those with you.
Can I Get in Today for a Consultation with a Gum Specialist in Blackwood?
Your gums are integral to the proper function of your teeth and your mouth, so if you need to see a periodontist in our office right away, we’ll help you. We want to restore your mouth to good health and that starts with your gums and teeth. Call our Blackwood office today at (856) 322-0535 and let us help get you back on track to a beautiful smile that’s also as healthy as possible. Don’t delay, call us today!