Periodontal Therapy in Lincoln Park
Periodontal therapy is treatment for hardened plaque (called calculus or tartar) and other etiologic agents that cause inflammation and disease in your soft tissue. If we determine you’re suffering from an infection, Dr. Samir Rana and the rest of our team at Comprehensive Dental provide focused, personalized care that always has your best interests in mind. Contact our Lincoln Park, NJ location today to schedule your first appointment. Patients from Little Falls, NJ and surrounding areas are always welcome!
The Steps of Periodontal Therapy
The first step of periodontal therapy is diagnosis. Whether you know it or not, our dental hygienists actually perform a periodontal inspection during every routine visit. They use a periodontal probe to inspect how much space there is between your gum and tooth. A healthy gum should have three millimeters or less of space between the two. Additionally, gums should not bleed when probed. If they do, it is a sign that your gums are irritated by calculus that has built up above the gum line. If we determine that you’re affected in the diagnostic stage, your teeth will fall into one of three categories: gingivitis, periodontitis, or advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, characterized by swollen or bleeding gums that have not yet receded from the teeth. Periodontitis is the second stage of periodontal disease, characterized by deep pockets between the gums and teeth that bleed and can oftentimes be filled with pus and bacteria; you may also show signs of bone loss in teeth. Advanced periodontitis is the most extreme stage of periodontal disease, characterized by extreme gum, bone, and ligament loss, which can lead to your teeth falling out if left untreated.
The next step of periodontal therapy is the treatment stage. Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Rana or one of his fellow doctors recommend therapy to restore health. If you are still in the gingivitis stage, you will likely have a routine cleaning, and we’ll give you steps to use at home to reverse the disease’s effects and get your health back on track. In the more advanced stages, our team at Comprehensive Dental perform a deep cleaning that will remove calculus from your teeth and gums; this is meant to help the gum pockets heal to restore a healthy gum line. We may also prescribe special rinses and medications to help your mouth heal more quickly.