A routine dental exam performed by our Ocean Township dentist
, Marc Berley, DMD, involves checking for problems that range from cavities, gum disease, and tooth root decay, bite problems, and broken teeth. If it's been more than a year since you've seen a dentist, a complete set of X-rays will be taken as well as an oral cancer screening. Either Dr. Berley, or a dental hygienist will give you a professional cleaning, or dental prophylaxis, to remove plaque and any tartar buildup. The term dental prophylaxis means the "removal of dental plaque, dental calculus, and stains from the exposed and unexposed surfaces of the teeth as a preventive measure for the control of local irritants." This is a thorough cleaning but predominantly on the surface of your teeth.
Gum Disease Evaluations Ocean Township
If your dental exam shows periodontal disease, know that you are not the only one, and your focus should now be on treatment. From the moment you are diagnosed, how you take care of your teeth each day is what will determine whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed down, or just gets worse. Our Ocean Township dentist
has found that there is a higher success rate when proper home maintenance and professional treatments are combined. Periodontal diseases range from minor gum inflammation to more severe disease that ends up with serious damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. In the worst cases, the teeth are lost but we do our best to prevent that.
First and foremost, the periodontal therapy objective is to control the progress of the disease. Our Ocean Township dentist
will work on restoring the supporting structures, including bone, gum tissue, and ligaments. Our dentist knows that scaling and root planing is one of the most effective periodontal procedures to treat gum disease before it becomes severe, and a much deeper cleansing than a dental prophylaxis. Studies have shown that scaling and root planing greatly reduces the swelling of the gums, shrinks "pocket” depths and removes bacteria. With that research in mind, this form of periodontal cleaning is usually the first type of treatment we recommend for treating periodontitis. In addition to scaling and root planing, antibiotics may be used in pill form or locally administered directly into the pockets.