How to Treat Periodontal Disease

How to Treat Periodontal Disease Dentist Grand Rapids, MI

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Contact our office today if you have any concers with your gums.

Periodontal disease is caused by untreated plaque buildup that hardens into tartar, compromising the health of your teeth and gums. Continue reading to learn about the gum disease treatments we offer patients.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

If you recognize any of the above symptoms, call your dentist as soon as possible. Dr. Yun will be able to remove plaque and tartar buildup to protect oral health. While periodontal disease is irreversible, there are still things we can do to keep your teeth and gums in as good condition as possible. It has always been our goal to help patients maintain healthy smiles, even after being diagnosed with severe gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing

People with periodontal disease tend to have deep gum pockets around their teeth. Over time, these pockets fill with plaque and contribute to receding gums. Fortunately, our dentist is able to do scaling and root planing to mitigate the harmful effects of periodontal disease.

Our dentist uses a special tool to remove plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line. Once the pocket is clean, our dentist will then smooth out your tooth roots so they can better reattach to gums. If you were recently diagnosed with periodontal disease, ask our dentist if scaling and root planing can help.

Periodontal Surgery

One of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease is receding gums. If you have deep pockets around teeth, your dentist may recommend gum flap surgery. During the procedure, we fold back the gum tissue to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar hiding underneath. Once the gum pocket is cleaned, we stitch the healthy tissue back in place so it fits snugly around your tooth. Gum flap surgery can help receding gums reattach to teeth.

Your dentist may recommend periodontal surgery if you have black triangles between teeth caused by receding gums. Periodontal surgery can also remove bacteria beneath the gum line so you can avoid loose or even missing teeth.

At Home Care

Before you leave our office, we want to make sure you understand how to continue caring for your smile at home. If you were diagnosed with periodontal disease, it’s more important than ever to continue a good oral hygiene routine.

You’ll need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. However, if we find a lot of plaque and tartar during your next appointment, we may recommend adding a fluoride mouthwash to your routine. If your symptoms worsen, call our office as soon as possible so we can find a solution.

Dr. Yun DDS and his team are dedicated to helping patients maintain beautiful healthy smiles. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call NorthPointe Family Dental at (616) 288-6134.