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Periodontal Dentistry Rehoboth Beach

Yes. Our office will fully assess your periodontal health during your Initial Comprehensive Examination. Based upon your individual evaluation, our doctor’s will recommend treatment based upon the severity of the gum disease that is present. A large percentage of our patients are managed in conjunction with our excellent hygiene team in treatment of mild to moderate gum disease. If the gum disease is severe, a consultation with our periodontist may be indicated. Dr. Jeffrey Felzer maintains a private practice in Wilmington, DE as well as maintaining office hours in our facility on a monthly basis. We are fortunate to have a Board Certified Periodontist located within our office to assess both non surgical and surgical treatment modalities. In addition to advanced periodontal therapy, Dr. Felzer performs advanced regenerative and implant procedures.

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal dentistry refers to caring for the gum and bone structures by that support your teeth. Without a healthy foundation, your ability to keep your teeth throughout your lifetime could be at risk. Despite its importance, many of us unknowingly neglect our gums. This can result in infection and disease without us even knowing about it.

You can ensure the health of your gums and supportive structures by utilizing the advanced periodontal therapy programs available at Maplewood Dental. Doing so is your key to the restoration of your gums and to the prevention of future problems.

Q: What is periodontal disease?

A: Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often times bleeding during brushing or flossing. If treated in a timely manner, these conditions can be reversed, preventing periodontal disease from developing. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat.

Periodontitis affects your gums, bone, and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. To prevent tooth loss, you may require more extensive, specialized treatment from your general dentist or even from a periodontist. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out on their own or must be extracted. If you don’t catch periodontitis in its early stages, you may require periodontal surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.

Q: My gums bleed; why is this?

A: Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often bleeding during brushing or flossing. Timely treatment can reverse these conditions. However, if these conditions are ignored, your periodontal disease can worsen, becoming a condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat.

Periodontitis affects your gums, bone, and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. To prevent tooth loss, you may require more extensive, specialized treatment from your general dentist or even from a periodontist. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out on their own or must be extracted. If you don’t diagnose and treat periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.

Q: My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

A: It is certainly not desirable to have bleeding gums following brushing. However, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough “scrubbing” instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods or if occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment.

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