Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition that can cause significant damage to your smile. At Family Dentistry in Sterling Heights, our dentists and hygienists. work together to treat your gums and develop a long-care treatment plan, leaving you with a renewed, healthy smile.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins with gingivitis, or the inflammation of the gums caused by built-up plaque, also known as tartar. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress intoperiodontitis, where the gums begin to pull away from the teeth. This creates small pockets between the gums and the teeth, which trap debris and bacteria. Patients who fail to seek treatment at this point may find themselves at risk of advanced periodontitis, where the bacteria gradually break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place. As a result, patients suffering from advanced periodontitis have an increased chance of losing their teeth due to the weakened bone structure.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Our Sterling Height dental team specializes in treating patients with gum disease by providing effective and immediate care as well as developing long term treatment plans to prevent the re-occurrence of periodontal disease. In addition to deep cleanings, traditional scaling and root planing, Family Dentistry offers a number of gum disease procedures to remove decay causing bacteria and restore gum and tooth health. Included among our periodontal services are:
Antibacterial powders: when applied below the gum line, this medication keeps the area clean and bacteria-free
Periodontal Surgery: This more invasive procedures are used after deep cleanings and medication to minimize periodontal pockets, remove any remaining tartar, and make long-term gum maintenance easier for the patient.
Bone and Gum Grafting: These procedures are designed to repair damaged or missing tissues following periodontal treatment. Grafts can help restore a patient’s oral health and dental function after gum disease is diagnosed.
How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is easily preventable when effective oral hygiene is practiced. Additionally, regular bi-yearly visits to your dentist for cleanings are an important part of gum disease prevention. During these check-ups, your Sterling Heights hygienist will monitor the condition of your gums as well as remove tartar. Tartar is built-up plaque, which if left unremoved, fosters bacteria growth in the mouth and is a leading contributor to gingivitis.
At Family Dental, every patient is fully educated on the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums. Our dental team demonstrates effective oral hygiene skills to each patient, ensuring that at-home oral hygiene is simple and effective.
If you are suffering from gingivitis, periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, contact Family Dentistry today. Our Sterling Heights dental team is here to help you regain your oral health and dental function following gum disease.
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