Periodontal Therapy in Birmingham, MI
The Importance of Healthy Gums
One of the most common dental issues that affects millions of Americans is periodontal (gum) disease. This is an infection that forms in the gums due to bacteria produced by plaque, or an opaque film on the teeth that hardens into tartar.
As tartar accumulates, it fosters bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums and below your gum line. Our Birmingham dentist can easily treat gum disease and restore your oral health with periodontal therapy. See how we can get you back on track.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is commonly referred to as the silent killer, as it can easily progress without pain or apparent symptoms. Noticing periodontitis in its early stages can significantly increase your chances of reversing its effects and preventing further damage. Common signs include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Teeth shifting positions
- Receding gum line
- Spaces or gaps between teeth
- Permanent bad breath (halitosis)
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
Periodontal Treatment With Dr. Stone
At Premier Birmingham Dentistry, we offer an effective treatment for patients suffering from mild to moderate cases of gum disease called scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning. During this procedure, Dr. Stone will thoroughly clean out the gums and remove any plaque build-up.
After the scaling portion of the treatment is complete, we’ll smooth out the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from settling into the cleaned area and encourage gum reattachment. Dr. Stone also uses ARESTIN® antibiotics in the deep pockets that have formed to reduce pocket size.
Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Therapy
Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed, and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.
During your visit, our hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for at-home care. This will help prevent periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be easily treated with scaling and root planing. Symptoms of gingivitis include inflammation, red gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and bad breath.
Periodontitis is the more severe form of gum disease and may be a bit more difficult treating, depending on how critical it is. Common signs of periodontitis are similar to gingivitis, plus receding gums, pus between teeth and gums, very tender gums, and loose teeth.
Regular flossing and brushing is an important part of preventing gum disease. However, a good oral care regimen doesn’t prevent you from being at risk. Plaque and tartar can build up in places your brush or floss can’t reach. That’s why it’s also crucial to schedule biannual dental visits for professional cleanings in addition to maintaining good oral hygiene at home.
However, Dr. Stone may require you to come in for additional visits if you already have gingivitis or periodontitis, or have had gum problems in the past.
If you leave gum disease untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health complications. Periodontitis has also been known to lead to respiratory disease, arthritis, coronary artery disease, and problems controlling blood sugar in diabetes.
It’s important to receive treatment for gum disease as soon as you know that this infection is affecting your smile and health. To get started, give us a call at (248) 644-8520 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stone.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene are essential parts in treating and preventing gum disease. To learn more about periodontal therapy, contact our Birmingham office at (248) 644-8520 or fill out a contact form. We’ll be happy to explain your treatment options.