As you know by now, because your overall health and safety is our utmost priority, we are closely following every safety and infection control procedure recommended by the ADA and CDC. However, going way beyond these recommendations, in July we installed 2 Jade Surgically Clean Air Filtration Systems. Our office size would require only one Jade unit to kill viruses and bacteria 6 times an hour, but we are so committed to you that we have installed 2 units, one in front of each dental chair. You can be assured that our air is always the safest because we leave the systems on 24/7.

The Jade is patented and industry-leading and is the only air purification system that incorporates 6 different technologies which include, Hydroxl, UV and electronic cell catalytics, and Hepa-RX. The Jade is measured and peer-reviewed to eliminate viruses less than 0.1 microns (the corona virus is measured at .125 microns) and is tested globally with over 70,000 units installed worldwide.

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Periodontal Care in Princeton, NJ

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Your gums are an essential component of your oral health. If they get infected, it can lead to a variety of consequences for your health including tooth loss and more. That’s why Dr. Cortese and our team at Princeton Prosthodontics offer comfortable gum disease treatments to preserve the health of your smile.

Keep reading to learn about the causes and symptoms of gum disease, as well as how you can prevent it.

What Is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that develops in your gum tissue and can spread throughout your mouth. It stems from a buildup of plaque, a type of sticky bacteria that hardens on your teeth. The best way to prevent plaque from accumulating is to brush and floss every day, in addition to visiting Princeton Prosthodontics for routine cleanings.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease can be separated into two primary stages:

  • Gingivitis -- This is the early stage of gum disease when the infection is still mild and can often be reversed with relative ease. You may not experience any symptoms during this stage beyond red or swollen gum tissue.

  • Periodontitis -- If you don’t seek treatment for gum disease quickly, the infection will progress to a more severe stage known as periodontitis. The bacteria will begin to wear down the bones and tissues supporting your teeth, creating pockets in your gums and resulting in a wide variety of symptoms including severe pain and tooth loss.

Risk Factors For Gum Disease

Research has linked several factors to an increased risk of developing gum disease. Some of these include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Medications that reduce saliva flow
  • Some health conditions, such as cancer and AIDS
  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Genetics

Your Treatment Options

The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. If you maintain excellent oral hygiene at home, in addition to scheduling dental cleanings with Dr. Cortese at least twice a year, the likelihood that you’ll need periodontal treatment is very low.

If you develop gingivitis, we may be able to stop the infection in its tracks with a deep cleaning. Also known as scaling and root planing, this treatment involves using specialized dental tools to remove plaque from above and below the gumline. This non-invasive treatment is painless and can be completed in just one appointment, leaving you with a healthy, sparkling smile.

If you notice any signs of gum disease, we recommend scheduling an appointment so we can help you determine how severe it is. In most cases, Dr. Cortese will be able to treat your symptoms and provide relief with one of our periodontal solutions.

Visit Princeton Prosthodontics For Periodontal Care

Without treatment, gum disease poses a serious threat to your overall health. Even though the condition is common, it can result in a wide range of symptoms that will impact your quality of life. That’s why it’s essential to get in touch with us and schedule an appointment at the first sign of a problem.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortese, call our Princeton, NJ dental practice at (313) 928-8848 and speak to a member of our team. We’ll see you as soon as possible and get you back on track to a healthy, fully functional smile.

Periodontal care at Princeton Prosthodontics near New Jersey is all about early intervention. Gum (periodontal) disease is the main cause of tooth loss in the United States, but many patients can avoid severe gum disease by taking good care of their teeth and gums and by entrusting their periodontal care to Dr. Cortese and the Princeton Prosthodontics team. Dr. Cortese invites you to learn more about gum disease and periodontal treatment at Princeton Prosthodontics.


What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that develops in your gum tissue and can spread throughout your mouth. It stems from a buildup of plaque, a type of sticky bacteria that hardens on your teeth. The best way to prevent plaque from accumulating is to brush and floss every day, in addition to visiting Princeton Prosthodontics for routine cleanings.

  • Pain
  • Bone Reduction
  • Tooth Loss

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease, and some signs that a patient has gingivitis are gums that are swollen and gums that bleed during flossing and brushing. With periodontal care at Princeton Prosthodontics, Dr. Cortese can quickly treat gingivitis before it progresses into a more serious form of gum disease. Early interception of gingivitis and gum disease is just another reason that Dr. Cortese impresses the importance of two office visits a year to his Princeton Prosthodontics patients in the Mercerville area.

Gum Health Affects Overall Health

When it comes to Periodontics, many of Dr. Cortese’s New Jersey-area patients aren’t aware that gum health can affect their overall health. In fact, periodontal disease has been linked to a number of diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Severe Osteopenia (reduction in bone mass)
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Stroke
  • Oral Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

Dr. Cortese takes the time to teach each of his patients how to care for their gums at home by showing them the correct way to floss and brush. A strong dental hygiene routine combined with twice-yearly visits to Princeton Prosthodontics for gum care and an oral examination is the key to maintaining good periodontal health.

Periodontal Care FAQs

Woman smiling after receiving periodontal care in Princeton, NJ What is periodontal care?
Periodontal care refers to keeping the gums healthy and free of disease or other problems. Much of periodontal care depends on at-home habits, like brushing and flossing the gums. Dentists and periodontists offer treatments like deep cleanings, scaling and root planing to address gum problems (and possibly topical antibiotic treatment).

Why is periodontal care important?
Research has found a link between periodontal disease and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Both are chronic inflammatory diseases, which may account for the connection. Leaving periodontal disease untreated can increase inflammation and possibly lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, respiratory infections, stroke and cancer.

What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is largely attributed to poor oral hygiene and the accumulation of plaque and bacteria. Other factors that can cause and accelerate gum disease include smoking, stress, certain medications, poor nutrition and health conditions like diabetes.

Blonde woman grasping cheek in need of periodontal care Are children at risk of periodontal problems?
Children rarely develop periodontal disease, but it is important to instill good habits early on to prevent future problems. Teaching your child to brush twice a day, floss properly and see the dentist twice a year increases the chance that these will turn into lifetime habits.

How do I know if I have a problem with my gums?
If there is a problem with your gums, they may appear red, swollen, recessed, bleeding or tender. You might also notice that you have chronic bad breath, toothaches, loose teeth or tooth loss. Contact Dr. Cortese to schedule an examination as soon as possible. The earlier these problems are detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

Contact us for Periodontal Treatment at Princeton Prosthodontics

Dr. Cortese continually impresses upon his patients the importance of periodontal exams and treatment at Princeton Prosthodontics. If you require periodontal care in the Mercerville area, the team at Princeton Prosthodontics can help. Contact us today to schedule a periodontal consultation with Dr. Cortese.

Princeton Prosthodontics - Dr. Michael Cortese

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Dr. Michael Cortese is a leading and highly sought-after Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. He one of only 350 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. Having completed his education at the University of Notre Dame and Farleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, he received his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He has over three and a half decades of experience and constantly focuses on ensuring that patients have a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Cortese takes pride in providing his patients with customized treatments using modern equipment and techniques. He sincerely believes in thoroughly understanding your concerns and requirements to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the course of any treatment or procedure.