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Gillette Dental Care | Hygiene/Periodontal Health in Gillette

Gillette Dental Care

689 Valley Road Suite 101

Gillette, NJ 07933

Gary White, D.D.S.

Lauren C. Simms, D.M.D.


Our Services

Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health

While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.

Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Oral cancer screenings

Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.

The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can't always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.

Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of your gums. Published research has cited a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and premature low birth weight babies. Many people do not realize they have gum disease because it is usually painless. Some of the signs that might be present are red or swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, pus draining from the gums, bad breath, teeth that have shifted or move when you touch them or gums that have receded.

If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or early gum disease, we may recommend a root planing and scaling or deep cleaning. Moderate to advanced gum disease requires a different approach to be effective. For these situations we might recommend Laser Periodontal Therapy (LANAP) or referral to a periodontist. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.

Root Planing

Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. It's very important to have your dentist check this area if you have bleeding during brushing.

Laser Periodontal Therapy (LANAP)

With traditional periodontal surgery, the gum tissues are cut with a scalpel and pushed aside. The roots are cleared of deposits and smoothed. The bone surrounding the teeth is trimmed and shaped. The gum tissue is then replaced and stitches are placed while the gums heal. Often the gum tissue recedes resulting in long exposed roots that are sensitive, unsightly and vulnerable to decay.

LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a revolutionary treatment for gum disease that does not involve cutting your gums or stitches. LANAP is the only FDA approved laser treatment protocol. Dr. White has received extensive training in the LANAP protocol, has been tested in it's use, and has been licensed to perform this procedure.

Here is a brief description of LANAP. After your teeth and gums are totally numb, a small laser fiber approximately the size of a paper clip is inserted into the space between your tooth and gums. The energy from this laser light kills the bacteria that are causing your gum disease and selectively removes just the diseased tissue, leaving behind the healthy gum tissue. Then an ultrasonic cleaning instrument is used to remove the tartar from the root and tooth surfaces, washing away the debris with a steady flow of medicated solution. The laser is again passed around the gum tissue to form a natural bandage around the necks of the teeth sealing them from reinfection. Finally, a bite adjustment is done to take pressure off the weakest, most diseased teeth.

Recovery from this procedure is quick and virtually pain free. Most patients only require over the counter Tylenol or Advil for a day or two. In contrast, traditional periodontal surgery with the use of scalpels and sutures can often lead to a long recovery period that can be quite uncomfortable.

Gillette Dentist | Hygiene/Periodontal Health. Gary White, DDS is a Gillette Dentist.