Periodontal Treatment Specialist

Thomas J. Stern, DMD

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA

Around half of adults 30 and up and more than 70% of those 65 and older have periodontal disease today. If you have periodontal disease, Thomas J. Stern, DMD, can expertly administer treatment at his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office. Learn more about how Dr. Stern can help you prevent tooth loss and other complications by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Periodontal Treatment Q&A

When would I need periodontal treatment?

You may need periodontal treatment if Dr. Stern diagnoses you with periodontal (gum) disease. There are two types of periodontal disease, including:


Gingivitis is an early form of periodontal disease. Plaque, a sticky substance that develops when sugars and starches break down in your mouth, can quickly coat your teeth and cause gingivitis if you don’t brush and floss regularly. 

Although poor oral hygiene is the main reason that gingivitis develops, other factors like genetics, systemic diseases, hormones, and tooth misalignment can contribute, too. 

Gingivitis causes gum inflammation, gum swelling, bad breath, gum recession, and other issues.


Periodontitis is advanced periodontal disease, which can happen if you don’t treat gingivitis. With periodontitis, the plaque hardens and becomes tartar, a tough deposit that you can’t remove on your own.  

The symptoms of periodontitis can include red gums, bleeding, pus pockets under your gums, and severe gum recession. As periodontitis continues unchecked, your teeth may become loose and even fall out. 

With both gingivitis and periodontitis, treatment is crucial in restoring your oral health and preventing complications. Dr. Stern offers a variety of solutions for periodontal disease at any stage.

What does periodontal treatment include?

Dr. Stern customizes periodontal treatment according to the severity of your disease and your individual issues. Some of the many treatments that can help with periodontal disease include:

  • Teeth cleaning
  • Scaling and root planing (deep teeth cleaning)
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Minimally invasive gum recession surgery
  • Invisalign® to correct teeth alignment

If you have severe periodontitis in which you lose teeth or need tooth extractions, Dr. Stern can recommend the best method for tooth restoration. Dental implants can replace individual missing teeth, and the All-on-4® system can replace all the teeth in the top or bottom arch. 

How can I avoid future periodontal treatment?

The best way to avoid periodontal treatments in the future is to take good care of your teeth and gums now. Dr. Stern can recommend ways to stay healthy, including regular dental exams, teeth cleanings every six months, and preventive health products such as antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Call Thomas J. Stern, DMD, or click the online appointment maker to get help for periodontal disease.