Providing Compassionate Periodontal Care in Westwood
It is not uncommon for adults throughout the U.S. to experience some form of periodontal disease. Whether it be the earliest stage of gingivitis or the advanced stage periodontitis, Dr. Ana Ribeiro and her capable team can help. Our Brentwood, NJ dentist is dedicated to her craft and is committed to providing exceptional preventive and periodontal maintenance that helps all patients achieve optimal oral and overall health.
If you or a loved one are experiencing red, inflamed gums that tend to bleed with regular flossing, we encourage you to call our dental practice today as gum disease may be present. Schedule your comprehensive examination and deep cleaning today!
Why Treating Gum Disease is So Important
Our mouths are home to both beneficial and harmful bacteria. When there is a lack of effective at-home oral hygiene, the harmful microbes start to take over. Although some form of plaque build-up is a natural result of utilizing our mouth to eat and drink, the over-accumulation of this bacteria can have a dire impact on both your oral and overall health.
When optimal oral hygiene and bi-annual visits to your dental professional is neglected, the multitude of plaque buildup is sure to follow. Eventually, the microbes will spread, forming below the gum-line. Bacteria is protected there due to the area being difficult to reach with brushing and flossing alone. If this plaque is not properly removed, the bacteria will continue to multiply.
To try to rid the bacteria, your immune system releases chemicals that inflame and damage the gums. This leads to gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal disease where the gums become swollen and tend to bleed. Over time, as the gum-tissues swell, they begin to detach from the tooth. This process forms a literal space or “pocket,” between the tooth and gums. Bacteria can grow rapidly in these pockets and encourages further plaque buildup.
Once the stages of severe periodontal disease are present, the toxins within the plaque will find other ways to spread throughout the body. It is becoming more apparent in the dental and medical community that severe gum disease and other serious health conditions have a strong association with one another. If left to develop further, not only is oral health compromised but so is whole-body health as well.
What You Can Expect from Periodontal Therapy at Westwood Village Dental
Dr. Ana Ribeiro and her team believe in establishing optimal oral health as our top priority. We begin treatment by conducting a thorough examination of your current dental state, looking for any initial signs of concern. We utilize our state-of-the-art office technology that includes digital panoramic x-rays to determine the level of severity and recommend the best course of action for your gum disease treatment.
At Westwood Village Dental, we offer a wide variety of periodontal therapy procedures including dental scaling and root planing. Local anesthesia is administered by our trusted anesthesiologist, Dr. Glen Atlas, to help ensure comfort while undergoing treatment. This allows our team to clean away the accumulation of harmful plaque buildup efficiently.
Scaling and root planing involves removing plaque, tartar, and other disease-causing bacteria from all surfaces of teeth including below the gumline. Once properly cleaned, we encourage accurate healing and reduce pocket depth by smoothing the tooth roots to help prevent further bacterial buildup in the future.
Contact Dr. Ana Ribeiro for A Healthy Smile
Each member of our Westwood team believes every patient has the right to a beautiful, fully-functional smile. We are committed to providing patients with the compassionate and comprehensive treatment they deserve. Call our dental practice today to discover how our periodontal treatment plans can benefit you!