Gum disease may seem like a small problem but, if left untreated, it can have lasting consequences. For gum disease treatment in Madison Heights, call our office today.
At Art Dentistry Center, we are here to help our patients restore and maintain their oral health. That is why we offer comprehensive gum disease treatment services to patients suffering from this aggressive condition. If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, call our office to get the treatment you need.
Gum disease is a progressive infection that occurs in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. As there is often little pain or discomfort at this stage, it is often ignored by patients until it poses a larger problem. Symptoms of gingivitis can include bad breath, swollen gums, red gums, or gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can be easily treated and reversed when diagnosed early.
If left untreated, gum disease can advance to periodontitis. At this stage, the infection spreads to the other tooth-supporting structures of your mouth, including your tooth roots and jawbones. Symptoms of periodontitis can include receding gums, loosened teeth and pus between your gums and teeth. Eventually, your teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene. Over time, plaque can build up on the surfaces of your teeth. Without good daily brushing and flossing habits and regular professional cleanings, this plaque can calcify as tartar on the roots on your teeth. Bacteria from plaque and tartar will eventually attack your gums and the surrounding tissues, causing infections that can damage your gums, teeth and tooth roots.
Certain health and lifestyle factors can increase your risk of developing gum disease. These factors can include smoking, drinking, family history, inadequate nutrition, diabetes, and hormonal changes such as those experienced during puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
When diagnosed early, gingivitis can be easily treated and reversed. We may recommend a professional cleaning, improved dental hygiene habits or antibacterial toothpastes or mouth rinses as necessary. If you are suffering from periodontitis, we can recommend a variety of comprehensive surgical and non-surgical treatments to restore your oral health. The services we provide include:
Also known as a deep cleaning, we perform a scaling procedure to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and tooth roots. Then we will perform a root planing to smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots to prevent future bacterial build-up.
We perform this procedure to remove diseased gum tissue to expose the tooth (called the crown) for repair. For patients who have “gummy smiles,” we can also perform a dental crown lengthening to reshape the gumline and give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
We may recommend this surgical procedure to remove the diseased gum tissue and flush out the infection. Once your mouth is thoroughly clean and rinsed, the healthy gums will be sutured around your tooth roots.
Our dentist may recommend a root surface debridement as part of a scaling and root planing procedure. We can use a special ultrasonic tool to remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth.
Using a minimally invasive dental laser, our dentist can remove diseased gum tissue without the need for traditional tools. This can reduce your discomfort during your procedure and cut down recovery and healing times.
When you lose a tooth due to disease or injury, the surrounding jawbone can collapse into the empty socket, changing the shape of your gums and jaw. This can make it difficult to place dental implants due to the lack of healthy jawbone. We can prevent or correct this issue by filling the socket with bone or bone substitute to maintain the strength and health of the bone.
If you have suffered tooth loss in your upper jaw, you may not have enough healthy bone tissue. We can recommend a sinus lift surgery to graft bone material in or around the area we have planned for the dental implant. This will regenerate the healthy bone tissue necessary to support your implant.
Once we have removed the bacteria diseased tissue from your jawbone, we can regenerate healthy tissue with bone grafts and other regenerative procedures. This can include grafting new or replacement bone or introducing tissue-stimulating proteins to help restore the lost bone and tissue.
Gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene. This includes not brushing your teeth properly or regularly, and not flossing, which can cause plaque to buildup on your teeth and below your gumline.
During your biannual dental visits to our Madison Heights office, our team can restore the health of your gums with a simple scaling and root planing treatment.
Gingivitis is the first, most mild stage of gum disease. It’s not always as noticeable at this early stage because little to no pain is experienced. Some symptoms you may notice with gingivitis include bad breath, swollen gums, red gums, or gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing.
Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease following gingivitis. This more severe stage can spread to other supporting areas of your mouth. Symptoms of periodontitis include receding gums, loosened teeth, and pus between your gums and teeth.
If you leave your gum disease untreated, you may risk losing your teeth and put your health at risk for greater issues like heart disease, diabetes, strokes, pregnancy complications, and various cancers.
Your dental health is extremely important for your smile and overall wellbeing. If you notice a problem with your teeth, gums, or jaw, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help.
The best type of mouthwash you should use to prevent gum disease is an antibacterial mouthwash, such as any that contain alcohol or chlorhexidine.
With periodontal disease, your gums and tooth sockets can become inflamed from the infection because of the plaque from bacteria and food that lingers on teeth. Using mouthwash will help remove the plaque and prevent it from sticking onto your teeth.
For gum disease treatment in Madison Heights, call our office at (248) 206-5052 to schedule an appointment. We offer flexible scheduling and financing options to help make our care as accessible and affordable as possible.