Periodontics for a Healthy Smile
Many of our patients, who have previously undergone restorative or cosmetic dentistry services at other practices, come to us wondering why their dental work failed, and are looking for an explanation for the decline in their oral health. One of the things we find most often with such patients is that an underlying issue such as periodontal disease has been covered up or neglected. The periodontics and periodontal treatment at Ridgewood Dental Associates is designed to correct the damage done to your gums by harmful bacteria and disease. Analysis of your gum health is one of the first and most important steps when revitalizing the health and aesthetics of your smile. To learn more about our periodontal treatments and cosmetic gum lifting procedure, contact Ridgewood Dental Associates today.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
When bacteria builds up around your gums, periodontal disease can develop and attack the gum and bone tissue. This disease progresses in stages, and it begins when bacteria, plaque, mucus, and other particles collect on the surface of your teeth and around your gums. If you avoid going to the dentist or don't practice a good cleaning routine, this plaque can harden to form tartar - a material that is resistant to at-home brushing. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the higher your risk for gingivitis - a precursor to periodontal disease. Gingivitis can usually be treated with a professional cleaning and a more diligent hygiene routine. Unfortunately, when gingivitis is left untreated, periodontitis - or gum disease - is usually the result. This disease can cause your jawbone, gums, and other soft tissues to deteriorate, which may lead to tooth loss.
Treating Gum Disease
The technology used at Ridgewood Dental Associates has always given us a foot up against other practices in the tri-state area. The periodontal treatments and techniques used at our Ridgewood office were specifically chosen to improve the accuracy of our diagnoses and ensure successful treatment. Using guided tissue regeneration (GTR), our team of doctors can promote tissue growth after gum disease. This surgical procedure is often combined with the use of Emdogainä, a biological product used to regenerate tooth material. By increasing the substance and durability of your tooth and gum tissue, we can address each of the primary problems caused by periodontal disease. With 60 years of combined experience in our team of hygienists, you can rest assured that the team at Ridgewood Dental Associates can care for your oral health for the rest of your life.
Cosmetic Gum Lifting
Is your smile too gummy? Are you unhappy with the balance between your teeth and your gums? Ridgewood Dental Associates' expertise in gum procedures doesn't stop with periodontal treatment. Cosmetic gum lifting surgery is performed for patients who wish to create symmetry in their smile. A receding gum line can also be augmented with cosmetic gum lifting to ensure that your smile is looking youthful, beautiful, and healthy. Let your teeth shine through in your smile, not your gums.
Learn more About Periodontal Treatment
If your dental work is failing, or you're experiencing inflamed, red, or uncomfortable gums, it may be time to come into Ridgewood Dental Associates to see if periodontal treatment is right for you. Conveniently located for patients in Rockland, Passaic, and Bergen counties, our Ridgewood office is ready to help you improve your oral health. Contact Ridgewood Dental Associates today to schedule a consultation.