The leading cause of tooth loss
Gum disease is the effect of a combination of bacteria in the mouth that harden on the teeth to form plaque, a sticky substance that becomes difficult to remove without professional treatment. Without proper home care, plaque can grow over time and seep beneath the gums. Once beneath the gums, the bacteria have access to the blood stream, which puts the overall health of the mouth and body at risk of disease. As the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease is a serious infection that requires treatment from a trained doctor, such as Dr. Seidel, graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry, or Dr. Stephanie DeFilippo, Member of the American Dental Association, to restore health to the smile.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Sore, Swollen or Red Gums
- Gums That Bleed When Brushing or Flossing
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Bad Taste in the Mouth
- Sensitivity to Hold or Cold
- Gums Pulling Away from the Teeth
- Teeth That Appear Longer
- Loose or Moving Teeth
- Tooth Loss
Systemic Effects of Gum Disease
- Diabetes and Kidney Disease
- Higher Risk of Certain Types of Cancers
- Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
- Low Birthweight Babies
- Premature Birth
Laser gum surgery takes advantage of virtually pain-free dental laser technology to offer patients a more efficient and comfortable alternative to traditional methods of removing bacteria and diseased tissues from beneath the gum line. We offer the REPaiR® protocol, a minimally-invasive gum disease treatment option to help restore your oral health without cutting or invasive surgery.
Osseous surgery is a final treatment solution performed after other gum disease treatment methods have failed. The procedure aims to save a tooth by addressing a dental pocket and making it easier for the patient to keep clean.
Scaling and root planing is essentially a deep cleaning performed by a specialist that addresses bacteria beneath the gum line.
A Stress-Free Dental Experience
We believe that dental fear or anxiety should not keep you from getting the gum disease treatment you need. For patients that express a need, we offer nitric oxide to help you relax and enjoy a more comfortable, stress-free dental experience.