- Get treatment from a board-certified periodontist
- Enjoy comforts like warm blankets during treatment
- Choose from multiple forms of dental sedation
Many dentists offer some kind of periodontal cleaning to address gum disease in its early stages – but they refer more advanced cases to a specialist. With board-certified periodontist Dr. Beth Dorfman on our team, we offer more complete gum disease treatment in Middlesex. Dr. Dorfman is skilled at early detection and can also treat later-stage cases of gum disease.Doctor Beth Dorfman on why she became a dentist and her educational background Read Transcript
I became a dentist because my father is a physician and he loved what he did, and I knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps. As my education went further and further I realized being in a hospital dealing with life and death was something that I did not want to face and I wanted to work with my hands. I wanted to do surgery but I also wanted to have children and have a family and dentistry just seemed the perfect fit. As I was also a math major and precision and detail they all linked together.
So I knew when I went to dental school that I wanted to go into a surgical specialty in dentistry and there are two surgical subspecialties in dentistry oral surgery and periodontics periodontics is a few less years oral surgery the top programs now require six years after dental school which four of them are medical school three to four of them are medical school so again that would be the hospital-based rotations staying up all night the getting the MD degree which I decided was not the route I wanted to go, so periodontics seemed a perfect fit and it has been I went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville and I have a Bachelors of Science in mathematics and I went to Baylor dental school which is now part of the Texas A&M; System it transitioned at the end of my training there so I was the last year of the dental degree being a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry now it's part of Texas A&M; and while I was in dental school I knew because I newsday one what I wanted to do and I went straight into my residency at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio which it still is but then it was the top program in the country in my residency.
I got a Masters of Science in Periodontology so I have the DDS degree in Masters of Science MS degree so those two degrees so the whole process from start to finish four years of college four years of dental school than three years of residency the patients benefit from continuing education because they're getting the most state-of-the-art fresh new current treatment because their doctor knows what it is and not everything that's brand new is necessarily the best and it's important to be able to sift through what's new and not necessary and what's new and beneficial so it's not always straightforward but a good background in education where you understand studies and you understand the study design and the discussion and the conclusions and how studies in our literature are written and how they're conducted really is relevant in making a decision because not every new product really has statistically significant and worthwhile results so not every Avenue needs to be embarked upon and every new toy needs to be purchased I mean they're fun but they're costly and they're not necessarily always beneficial
Our periodontal treatment will:
- Help you avoid gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss
- Prevent infection from spreading from your gums to other areas of your body
- Relieve uncomfortable gum disease symptoms like bleeding gums
- Improve your overall oral health
As if painful gums and loose teeth aren’t bad enough, gum disease has been linked to serious health conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Keep your gums healthy, so the rest of you is more healthy too! Call 732-506-2876 for an appointment.
Keep Gum Disease From Progressing & Save Your Teeth
Gum disease is both serious and common. More than half of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of it, a number that rises to more than 70 percent in senior citizens. Adults lose more teeth to gum disease than to decay, injury, or anything else. We don’t want you to become part of these scary statistics, so we look for indications of gum disease during every dental exam.Doctor Susie Megalla on gum disease treatment Read Transcript
It's so important to have healthy gums because that's really the foundation of your house. You are only building up dentally your teeth on what is holding them in, and really that's just the gums. So gum disease is really an inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth, and we like to make sure that there is no inflammation going on. There's no bone loss. There's no swelling. There's no redness. All of these things contribute to not just having a poor foundation for your house, but also when you're speaking to people, you can kind of tell if they're covering their mouth, if they're not smiling. If every time they say something, there's a little bit of an odor or there's some bleeding happening. All of these are not just cosmetic and social issues, but they're also health issues, and they have done several studies where they've linked periodontal disease to other comprehensive general issues in the person’s body, such as preterm babies and diabetes and heart disease. So gum disease is really where you want to start when you're treating the person, as a mouth and as a whole.
In its early stages, we’ll use a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing to remove the bacteria that causes disease, paying special attention to the area below your gumline. In more advanced cases, Dr. Dorfman may need to surgically lift gums away from your teeth to remove bacteria. She can also perform a gum graft to cover tooth roots exposed by disease and prevent further damage.
If you need a surgical procedure from our periodontist, you’ll be glad to know you can choose from four kinds of safe dental sedation.
If your gums are bleeding or you’re experiencing other gum disease symptoms, call 732-506-2876 ASAP for gum disease treatment in Middlesex.