Periodontics Specialist

Frank Navarro, DMD

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry located in Point Pleasant, NJ & Wall Township, NJ

If you have gum disease and, as a result, missing permanent teeth, turn to cosmetic and reconstructive dentist Frank Navarro DMD, PA. He and his staff offer advanced periodontics (gum disease) treatments to restore your gums and smile. Call either the Point Pleasant or Wall Township, New Jersey, office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Periodontics Q&A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics deals with gum disease or other problems in the tissues that support your teeth. Gum disease is a common condition that affects about half of all adults 30 and older.

Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent advanced stages of gum disease, receding gums, bone loss, even permanent tooth loss.

What are common signs of gum disease?

Common symptoms associated with gum disease include:

  • Bright red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gumline
  • Bad breath
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Permanent tooth loss
  • Gum swelling
  • Gum tenderness
  • Pus near your gumline

The earlier you have your gum disease treated, the lower your chance of developing severe complications associated with it.

What things put me at risk of developing gum disease?

Gum disease can happen to anyone, but some things increase your risk of getting it. Example include:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Obesity
  • Hormone changes
  • Recreational drug use
  • Genetics
  • Poor nutrition
  • Some medications
  • Chronic diseases
  • Other medical conditions

You can reduce the risk of gum disease in several ways. Examples include:

  • Not smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Brushing at least twice daily
  • Flossing every day
  • Using an antiseptic mouthwash

Undergoing professional teeth cleanings at least every six months are also essential to avoiding gum disease.

How does my dentist diagnose gum disease?

To diagnose gum disease and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Navarro evaluates your teeth and gums. He reviews the results of your dental X-rays and measures the pocket depth of your gumline.

What periodontics treatments are available?

Depending on how severe your gum disease is, Dr. Navarro will recommend one of the following treatments:

Scaling

Scaling removes hard-to-reach tartar from the surface of teeth and beneath your gumline. Dr. Navarro can use an ultrasonic device, laser, or other specialized dental instruments to remove the tartar buildup.

Root planing

Root planing allows Dr. Navarro and his team to smooth out tooth root surfaces to inhibit future tartar and bacteria buildup.

Antibiotics

Taking oral or topical antibiotics can help you better control gum disease. Dr. Navarro can recommend that you try antibiotic rinses, gels, or pills.

Surgery

Several gum disease surgeries can restore gum tissue and prevent permanent tooth loss. Examples include gum pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafting, bone grafting, and tissue-stimulating proteins that stimulate healthy bone and soft tissue growth.

At the first sign of gum disease or to find out if periodontics treatment is right for you, call the nearest Frank Navarro, DMD, PA, office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.