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Save Your Smile With Gum Disease Treatment in Swedesboro, NJ
Just about every dentist offers some type of gum disease treatment. But Swedesboro, NJ dentist Dr. Elizabeth Fox offers a broader range than most general dentists, thanks to her background in procedures focused on treating oral health issues related to gum and bone. Before starting her practice, she served as an associate professor in the periodontal department of Temple University’s School of Dentistry.Doctor Elizabeth Kilpatrick Fox on gum disease treatment Read Transcript
Elizabeth K-Fox: If someone's showing gum disease, we start off pretty conservatively. We will go ahead, inform them, show them, and then normally we're going to numb the patient and remove all of that bacteria and infection and see how that looks. If that doesn't work, then we're going to have to go with a little bit more advanced treatment, which may involve surgery, but we do that in the office routinely. And, again, they all get good results, they get themselves back to healthy and move forward with maintaining so that they can keep that and their teeth for the rest of their lives.
Whether it’s a deep cleaning or a more advanced treatment, the result will be:
- Healthy gums
- A more attractive smile
- Better oral health
- Relief of unpleasant symptoms like bad breath and bleeding gums
- Preservation of your bone structure and teeth
Gum disease actually poses a greater threat to your teeth than decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Treatment may improve your overall health, too, as gum disease has been linked to conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and premature birth.
To get your gums checked out by a periodontal expert, call 856-997-2767.
Fight Gum Disease on Several Fronts
In its earliest stage, called gingivitis, Dr. Fox can treat gum disease with a thorough dental cleaning. If the infection is more advanced, she’ll use a non-surgical gum disease treatment known as scaling and root planing. It involves cleaning all the way down to the tooth roots, then smoothing the roots to make it harder for bacteria to collect. She also sometimes applies antibiotics below the gumline.
In some cases, Dr. Fox may need to perform pocket reduction surgery. This reduces the size of “pockets” between teeth and gums where bacteria gathers. She may also recommend a custom mouthguard or night guard to adjust your bite or prevent harmful habits like teeth grinding that can make you more prone to gum disease.
Get Your Gums Looking and Feeling Good Again
Gum disease can cause gums to recede, which is not only unattractive but often creates unpleasant sensitivity as well. Dr. Fox can restore your gums to health with an innovative procedure called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Unlike like a traditional gum graft, it involves no sutures or stitching.
Think you may need gum disease treatment? Call 856-997-2767.