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Holmdel Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Periodontal Treatment from a Highly Trained Professional

Periodontics is the dental specialty of preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the gums and bone that surround each tooth.  Gum tissue surrounds and supports teeth. Bone anchors teeth firmly in place. Damage to gums or bone can result in tooth loss.  

Periodontists have completed several years of extra dental training and are the experts in maintaining the function, health and appearance of the gums, bone and teeth.  Periodontists also place dental implants

Illustration depicting gum disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition.

Periodontal Disease - A Killer 

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the number one killer of teeth and  must be taken very seriously.  Dr. Aldredge has the expertise to detect and treat periodontal disease before it reaches the final stages. 

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that begins with mild gum inflammation and can advance over several years through increasingly destructive stages. Left untreated, periodontal disease ultimately results in tooth loss.  

Periodontal disease develops when harmful bacteria form in plaque left on the tooth surface. The bacteria cause an infection in the gums surrounding the tooth. Irritated by the toxins, the gums will typically detach (recede) from the teeth, creating a pocket between the gums and tooth that exposes the root. Untreated, the pocket will grow as infection causes increased loss of the connective tissue holding the tooth in place, and of the supporting bone.  With no structure remaining to keep it in place, the tooth will become loose and fall out.  

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Stages of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease consists of several consecutive stages. 

Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease

Other Periodontal Conditions

 
  • Gum recession – The infection that causes gum disease often begins in one area.  Gum recession may also be caused due to over brushing with a hard bristle brush, or due to a tooth that is not positioned properly.  Immediate treatment is required to prevent further spreading. Treatment may include non-invasive Pinhole Gum Rejevenation.
  • Before crown lengthening"Gummy" smile -  A patient may have beautiful teeth, but feel that too much gum tissue negatively impacts their smile.  Dr. Aldredge can perform a crown lengthening, removing excess soft tissue surrounding the top of the tooth to expose more tooth surface.   Gum reshaping or recontouring can correct an uneven gumline.       
  • After crown lengtheningToo little bone mass When a tooth is lost, through trauma, disease or other causes, Dr, Aldredge may perform ridge augmentation surgery. adding bone tissue to maintain the shape of the jaw line and provide a more solid base for dental implants. 

Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease

Even the most mild periodontal disease should be treated promptly to ensure the best outcome. Removing oral plaque and calculus buildup is essential to halt progression of the disease. In many instances periodontal disease will present symptoms such as red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums.  In other cases, there may be symptoms that are not noticeable to anyone but the periodontist.  

When Dr. Aldredge performs your comprehensive periodontal exam, he will determine the best treatment options to restore your gum health and tooth function.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planingA registered dental hygienist uses traditional tools to remove or "scale" plaque and calculus deposits from the tooth surface below the gumline. These deposits on the teeth create bacteria and irritate the gums.

 

Scaling and root planingThe hygienist may also smooth (plane) the surface of the tooth's root. Planing creates a better environment for gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.


LANAP Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure

  • Gum recession – The infection that causes gum disease often begins in one area.  Gum recession may also be caused due to over brushing with a hard bristle brush, or due to a tooth that is not positioned properly.  Immediate treatment is required to prevent further spreading. Treatment may include non-invasive Pinhole Gum Rejevenation.
  • Before crown lengthening"Gummy" smile -  A patient may have beautiful teeth, but feel that too much gum tissue negatively impacts their smile.  Dr. Aldredge can perform a crown lengthening, removing excess soft tissue surrounding the top of the tooth to expose more tooth surface.   Gum reshaping or recontouring can correct an uneven gumline.
  • After crown lengtheningToo little bone mass - When a tooth is lost, through trauma, disease or other causes, Dr, Aldredge may perform ridge augmentation surgery. adding bone tissue to maintain the shape of the jaw line and provide a more solid base for dental implants. 

Dr. Aldredge is dedicated to saving teeth from periodontal disease.  He constantly researches and reviews the best periodontal techniques to provide the best results with the greatest patient comfort. 

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