Farmington Hills, MI
Taking care of your gums is just as important to your oral health as keeping your teeth healthy. Just like your teeth, your gums can suffer from disease. When this happens, you need periodontal treatment to address the issue and prevent more severe problems to your health.
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Periodontal diseases affect the gums, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligament. These infections can occur due to a variety of reasons, but one common cause is tartar and plaque build up on your teeth spreading below the gum line. Other contributing factors include smoking and tobacco use, genetics, hormones, medications, and stress.
Periodontal infections start as gingivitis, which affects only the gums. Gingivitis manifests as dark red, swelling, and tender gums that can easily bleed during brushing or flossing. It may also cause bad breath. As the disease progresses, it starts to affect other tissues around the tooth until even the bone and periodontal ligament become infected.
Severe cases of periodontal disease can cause the bone jaw bone to weaken. This weakening causes teeth to loosen, and when this happens, any affected teeth will require extraction. Periodontal disease can also cause other health issues, and it has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease.
Treating Periodontal Disease
To treat periodontal disease, we start by thoroughly cleaning the teeth. This removes the plaque and tartar that house the bacteria that cause the infection. We perform a procedure called “scaling and root planing” that removes plaque and tartar from the pockets between the teeth and the gums.
If the pockets don’t fit snuggly around the teeth after scaling and root planing, we may perform a surgical procedure called pocket reduction. This involves trimming the pocket flaps until they fight tightly around the teeth.
If your periodontal disease has progressed too far and affected the bone and periodontal ligament, however, a dental surgeon may need to get involved. If we assess that major dental surgery is the best course of action, we refer you to capable surgeons or periodontists in the area that can help you.
Get the dental care you need at Dr. Scott J. Owens DDS by calling us today at 248-600-4521 for an appointment.
Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentists
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
2nd Saturday of month 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
32931 Middlebelt Rd. Suite #608
Farmington Hills, MI 48334