Gum Disease and Periodontal Therapy
Gum, or periodontal disease, is prevalent in 75% of the population at some time in their life. Untreated gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss. There are often no signs of gum disease until it is well advanced with gum and bone involvement. Gum disease is frequently silent and can contribute to health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications.

Regular assessments and cleaning will assist in identifying and treating gum disease at an early stage. Bacteria are removed during regular cleanings. Periodontal Therapy to treat gum disease may include dental bonding. This bonding can protect the root of the tooth when it is exposed to air. This affordable procedure involves applying a tooth colored resin to an affected area that is roughened up, along with application of a special light. This procedure can usually be performed in less than one hour.

TMJ or Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
TMJ affects millions of the population, who exhibit complex signs and symptoms such as headaches, facial pain and toothaches. In addition, grinding and wearing of the teeth, chronic earaches and popping/cracking maybe noticed in the jaw joints. TMJ may cause unexplained facial pain.

The signs and symptoms of TMJ are often ignored or incorrectly diagnosed. Surgery is not needed in 97% of those diagnosed with TMJ. Dr. J. Stephen Hoard will perform a thorough evaluation to determine a non-surgical plan of care that is individualized for you. Treatment may include wearing a splint, mouth guard or bite adjustments using orthodontic treatment, crowns or dental implants in order to adjust the bite. An interdisciplinary approach is used for more complex cases.

Dr. Hoard’s practice is located at 1421-A Glenbunnie Rd. in New Bern, North Carolina. New patients may call 252-507-0373, current patients call 252-633-9800.

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