Periodontics Specialist

Rockwell Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Middletown, NJ & Hamilton Township, NJ

It’s estimated that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some type of periodontal disease. The dental specialty of periodontics focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and effectively treating gum disease. At Rockwell Dentistry, with offices in Middletown and Hamilton, New Jersey, the highly qualified dental team monitors your teeth and periodontal health and provides state-of-the-art treatments to keep your mouth healthy, including deep cleaning and laser surgery. For comprehensive periodontal care, Rockwell Dentistry is your one-stop dental practice for convenient, expert treatment. Call or use online booking to schedule an exam today.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is the dental specialty devoted to preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the gums, bones, and soft tissue that support your teeth. It’s possible to have gum (periodontal) disease and not realize it since you might not have pain or other symptoms that cause discomfort. Regular dental exams and cleanings, along with an effective at-home care regimen, is the best way to prevent periodontal disease from getting worse and potentially leading to tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

As a “silent” condition, periodontal disease may present no noticeable symptoms until it becomes more advanced. Warning signs that you may need periodontal treatments include:

  • Red, swollen gum tissue
  • Bleeding gums, especially when you brush your teeth
  • A receding gumline
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Mouth sores
  • Change in the way your teeth fit together when you chew

If you don’t realize you have gum disease, it can advance rather quickly and you may lose your permanent teeth.

What treatments are available for periodontal disease?

Treatment in the field of periodontics takes into consideration your overall health and other medical conditions that may contribute to gum disease. For example, you may be at higher risk of gum disease if you’re pregnant or have diabetes. Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Poor nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications

Your dentists at Rockwell Dentistry consider all these factors when customizing an effective treatment plan for your periodontal issues. They work with you to accurately diagnose your condition so they can apply treatment methods such as:

  • Deep cleanings
  • Laser gum surgery
  • Dental implants

In the early stages of periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend nonsurgical treatments such as scaling and root planing to remove plaque from the exposed root surfaces of your teeth. Additionally, you may need to take antibiotics to get rid of infection, and your dentist may recommend a more comprehensive oral hygiene program for you to follow at home. You may also need to schedule regular dental cleanings to keep your mouth healthy, especially if you’re at risk of periodontal problems.

When you need a skilled periodontist to help you keep your mouth healthy, call Rockwell Dentistry or book an appointment online today.