Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is often times a genetic issue and that's something that first of all we address right off the bat is what are the causative factors to gum disease. Sometimes nonsurgical scaling and rooting planing, laser (gum disease treatment), antimicrobial treatments such as chlorehexatine or Arrestin, there are a number of different tools we an use to help to mitigate this process but having a complete health screening diabetes, smoking and a number of other factors contribute to it in addition to genetics. We can also do genetic screening, sometimes it's telling you something you already knew because patients off the handle say, well my mom lost all her teeth by the time she was in her mid 30's, that tells me something and out job is to try to keep things from essentially heading downhill. It's rare that you can take somebody that has gum disease and make them better, but can we keep them from the fast downhill slide that usually see with true gum disease? Absolutely and we can do it in a way that's comfortable and in a way that is high tech.
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.
Signs of Gum Disease
While gum disease can often be sneaky and symptom-less, there are a few things to look out for:
- bleeding gums
- red gums
- swollen gums
- tender gums
- loose or shifting teeth
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- chronic bad breath
If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our Norton Shores, MI dentist team right away. We will be happy to help you.
Types of Periodontal Therapy
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.
Restore Lost Tissue
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.
Make An Appointment
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 231-366-4182 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.
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