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Periodontal Dentistry

Periodontal Dentistry in Old Bridge NJ

 

Periodontal dentistry is focused on problems of the gums, such as gum disease, receding gums and other problems. At Empire Dental Group in Old Bridge, NJ, our dentists offer a variety of periodontal services.

 

More than 75% of American adults over 35 years of age have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Gum disease can cause several problems, from sensitive, red, swollen or sore gums to bad breath to worse problems, such as loose permanent teeth.

 

 

Our periodontal dentistry services include:

  • Gum contouring to give you a better-balanced, less “gummy” smile
  • Soft tissue grafting to cover exposed tooth roots
  • Scaling and root planing, which deep clean the roots of teeth under the gum line
  • Ridge augmentation to recreate the contour of the gums and jaw after bone loss
  • Bone grafting to recreate bone and soft tissues lost due to periodontitis
  • Sinus lifting
  • Periodontal surgery

 

Gum disease can result from any number of factors, both genetic and environmental or behavioral. Some common causes of this very common disease include:
  • Chronic stress, which affects your immune system
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Poor diet
  • Pregnancy hormones, which makes gum tissue more sensitive and susceptible to disease
  • Tobacco use, which allows a buildup of tartar on the teeth that can lead to gum disease
  • Diabetes or other medical issues
  • Habitually grinding the teeth
  • Use of certain medications, including birth control pills, steroids, antidepressants, and some heart medications

 

And some people unfortunately are more genetically disposed to get gum disease than others, even with proper hygiene. There are tests that patients can take to determine if they are naturally at a higher risk for gum disease.

 

Periodontal disease is common, but you don’t have to suffer from its many unpleasant side effects. Come see the experts at Empire Dental Group in Old Bridge for all your periodontal dentistry needs. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.