November 22, 2013
Many dental patients are surprised to learn the most common threat their oral health faces isn’t something obvious like common cavities or grinding – in fact, it’s an ailment that doesn’t directly affect your teeth at all. Nearly 80% of the population suffers from a stage of periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease), and although this condition only exhibits mild symptoms in the early stages, it can lead to devastating consequences if left untreated, include jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. Studies have even shown that its presence can worsen illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Here in at Resnick and Rosenfeld, DDS in Edison, our team takes the threat of periodontal disease very seriously; that’s why we rely on microscopic analysis, which can predict (even in its earliest stages) which patients have the potential to develop the condition. If you’re between check-ups, however, Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld still want you to feel well-informed when it comes to your oral health. Here are some common symptoms concerning periodontal disease that you can keep an eye out for in the comfort of your own home:
- Bleeding that occurs during or after brushing/flossing
- Gums that appear red, swollen, or tender
- Bad breath that isn’t helped by brushing, flossing, or mouthwash
- Teeth that appear longer (this means your gumline is receding)
- A sudden change in the way your bite fits together
It’s crucial to remember, though, that in many cases of periodontal disease, symptoms won’t develop at all for some time. That’s why attending regular check-ups at our office is key! Our team specializes in anti-infective, non-surgical periodontal disease treatment that helps patients avoid surgery allows natural healing to occur in your gums.
Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld are committed to providing patients with kind, comprehensive dental care that puts their comfort first. We also serve the areas of Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.
Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld Can Help Bring Back Infected Teeth from the Brink with Root Canal Therapy
November 4, 2013
Out of all the dental procedures a person can undergo, “root canal” always seems to be the phrase that sends potential patients running for the door. It seems that over time, the procedure has developed a bad reputation for being a needlessly invasive and painful procedure. While this may have been true in the past when more rudimentary tools and procedures were relied on, our team at Resnick and Rosenfeld, DDS, is happy to be the first to let you know that today, root canal therapy is a perfectly smooth and simple procedure when supplemented with advanced anesthesia and technology options. In fact, the procedure can rescue severely injured or decayed teeth that are facing extraction and restore them to full health! Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld understand how important it for patients to retain their natural pearly whites; that’s why they’re happy to offer root canal therapy at their Edison, NJ office as way to keep patients’ smiles safe and whole for years to come!
What happens during root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy takes only one appointment to complete, and the process is simple enough. We’ll create an opening in the affected tooth so as to thoroughly clean out the bacteria and diseased pulp within the canals that have been causing the problem. Then, we’ll seal off the area to protect it from further infection. Finally, we’ll create a customized crown that will fully restore the tooth’s form and function. When we’re finished, it’ll be difficult to tell there was ever anything wrong with the tooth in the first place!
Okay, but will it hurt?
Thankfully, most people who undergo root canal therapy say that the procedure hurts no more than receiving a common filling does. In fact, we think root canal therapy’s benefits far outweigh any momentary discomfort – it has an incredibly high success rate, and many teeth that are treated go on to last a lifetime. Isn’t that something to smile about?
Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld are also happy to welcome patients from Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.