Specialized & Personalized Periodontal Treatment

The Dangers Of Gum Disease

Periodontal infection also increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and other serious systemic diseases. This link between periodontal and systemic disease has been well documented in medical and dental literature. Saving the health of your teeth, gums, and bone can actually save the health of your entire body. Seeking gum disease treatment from our board-certified periodontists in Voorhees, NJ is crucial to your long-term oral and overall health! With nearly four decades of combined experience, our specialized periodontists, Dr. Alan Meltzer and Dr. Wael Isleem, can restore your health and quality of life with personalized and effective gum disease treatment.

When healthy, your bone and gum tissue fit snuggly around your teeth like a turtleneck. When you have periodontal disease, the supporting tissue and bone is destroyed forming pockets around the teeth. Over time, bacteria can accumulate and break the gum seal providing a pathway for bacteria to reach and destroy the bone supporting your teeth. Eventually, if a patient doesn’t receive gum disease treatment too much bone is lost which will, in turn, lead to tooth loss.

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Our Gum Disease Treatment Solutions

Scaling And Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is the initial stage of treatment involving the non-surgical removal of biofilm (soft plaque) and calculus (tartar) from above and below the gum line and into any deep pockets (bony defects) that may be present. In more severe cases a course of oral antibiotics may be used in conjunction with your deep cleaning visits.

Antibiotic Therapy

Arestin is a type of antibiotic that is placed within infected periodontal pockets. It is used in conjunction with a deep cleaning to help reduce and, in some cases, eliminate the infection. The antibiotics are slowly released into the infected gum pocket, killing bacteria that live there. This localized antibiotic delivery system continues to fight the infection for up to 21 days. Learn More about Arestin


A gingivectomy involves cutting away the diseased gum tissue from around the teeth and reshaping the gums to reduce the depths of the periodontal pockets. This procedure effectively treats gum disease, while creating a healthier environment for the gums to reattach around the teeth.

Laser Pocket Elimination

Laser pocket elimination involves vaporizing the diseased tissue and bacteria from the deep pockets around the teeth. Treatment with a dental laser also reduces gum inflammation and helps support healthier healing of the tissue.

Osseous Surgery

During osseous surgery, the gum is gently folded back exposing the tooth, roots, and affected bone. The roots are smoothed and cleaned. The diseased, irregular bone is smoothed to provide an optimal environment for the gum to re-attach to the tooth roots eliminating the pockets and providing healthy soft tissue and bone aiding in the maintenance of periodontal health.

Periodontal Maintenance

After gum disease treatment, routine periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months can ensure that the disease does not return. Periodontal maintenance includes a deeper cleaning of the teeth above and below the gum line to remove any plaque and tartar buildup.

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