Gum disease is one of the most damaging oral health conditions a patient can face. Advanced periodontal disease is capable of wrecking your health by contributing to tooth loss and causing a systemic oral infection. When gingivitis advances to more profound levels of periodontal disease, specialized treatments are required to help patients get their oral health back on track. Fortunately, our Norton Shores, MI dentist offers various types of gum disease treatment to manage the infection, generate new tissue, and prevent tooth loss.
While gum disease can often be sneaky and symptom-less, there are a few things to look out for:
Our Norton Shores, MI dentist offers a few nonsurgical gum disease treatment and methods for managing advanced stages of gum disease. Utilizing the latest technology, we can help clean away and remove infected tissue while also removing tartar accumulation above and below the gumline.
Scaling and Root Planing – One common gum disease treatment method involves deep cleaning procedures, or root scaling and planing. This treatment involves removing bacteria buildup that has accumulated below the gumline and along the roots of teeth. Root scaling and planing is necessary for removing tartar, a calcified form of plaque that cannot be removed with flossing or brushing alone.
Laser Therapy – Another way to access the innermost areas of the gums and remove infected gingival tissue is with the help of a laser. Using a specific wavelength of light with tiny fibers attached to it, lasers can open the gums and seal them without the need for sutures. Laser therapy also helps regenerate new gum tissue and healthy reattachment of gums to teeth.
With regular deep cleanings through laser therapy and root scaling or planing along with proper oral hygiene, patients can enjoy a reduction in the size of periodontal pockets while improving overall gum health.
For those who have lost significant gum tissue to periodontal disease, soft tissue grafts may be necessary. Soft tissue grafts are conducted by taking tissue from another area of the mouth and transplanting it to the affected area to replace lost gum tissue. This helps restore gums that have receded and can cover exposed tooth roots.
When our team detects gum disease, we develop a specific treatment plan for the needs of each patient. The type of therapies we use will depend on the underlying cause of periodontal disease and its level of severity. Our dental team strives to ensure that our patients experience quality oral health care in a comfortable setting.
Dr. Christopher Sortman has studied dentistry at University of Michigan Dental School and has completed Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program while serving as Navy dentist.
If you are ready to receive our gum disease treatment, please contact our Norton Shores, MI dentist directly. You can reach us by calling (231) 865-6945 or by sending us a message using our online contact form. Either way, we will be happy to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit. We look forward to working with you.