Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammation in the gums, which may lead to serious damage to your mouth. There are three stages of gum disease ranging from mild to severe. The first stage is gingivitis, which is caused by a buildup of plaque in the gum pockets. If not treated, gingivitis can turn into the second stage, known as periodontitis, which affects the bone and fibers that hold your teeth. Advanced periodontitis is the last stage of gum disease, which can cause teeth to become loose or fall out. To deal with periodontal disease, Great Lakes Bay Dental offers both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options, depending on the intensity of the disease, including scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum grafts, gum surgery, and tooth extraction. If you have signs of gum disease, contact our office in Midland, MI to schedule an exam and consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Daniel Clement.
Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is difficult to detect on your own, which is why it's important to schedule annual dental exams at Great Lakes Bay Dental. This gives Dr. Clement an opportunity to measure your gum pockets so he can diagnose and treat gum disease before it impacts your oral and overall well-being. As gum disease progresses, symptoms will include red or swollen gums, bleeding caused by routine brushing and flossing, receded or separated gums, and persistent bad breath. In the later stages of gum disease, you may also experience discomfort while chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. It is important to schedule a dental appointment if you are experiencing any of these symptoms so the infection can be addressed before it gets into your blood stream.
What to Expect
Treatment for periodontal disease will be determined by the intensity of the infection. After Dr. Clement diagnoses your gum disease, he will go over his recommendations for your treatment program. For mild cases, scaling and root planing (SRP) is typically done to deep clean the pockets of the gums. In more advanced cases, an antibiotic may be prescribed in addition to multiple scaling and root planing treatments. Acute cases of periodontal disease normally call for a surgical procedure, such as regenerative (grafting) or pocket reduction.
Depending on your condition and treatment plan, your recovery time will vary. You may need to have a number of appointments at Great Lakes Bay Dental to fully correct your gum disorder. Once your oral health has been restored, you must continue scheduling routine dental examinations and cleanings at Great Lakes Bay Dental. It's also wise to keep up a good at-home oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing and flossing. Dr. Clement may recommend an antibacterial toothpaste or mouthwash to decrease your risk of developing another gum disorder.
Expenses for periodontal disease treatment will vary, depending on the severity of the disease and the procedures required. If you have dental insurance, our office will contact your insurance company to determine what they cover and if there will be any extra costs. For patients without insurance, Great Lakes Bay Dental accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing. Concerned about costs? Please talk to our team during your consultation. Avoiding the dentist because of financial concerns may lead to bigger problems and more expensive treatments.
Gum disease will only get progressively worse if not properly treated so it is crucial to seek professional help as soon as any symptoms are noticed. At Great Lakes Bay Dental, we work with you to restore your gum health and prevent future instances of infection. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clement, contact our office in Midland, MI.