Periodontal Treatment in Lapeer, MI

Periodontal treatment is the treatment of structures that surround our teeth. “Peri” means next to, and “oriental” refers to the teeth. At Lapeer City Dental in Lapeer, MI, we’ve performed dozens of these treatments with great outcomes. Periodontal treatment seems scary, but with the right tools and experience, it can be a simple and safe procedure.

Periodontal disease is a progression of gingivitis. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, can easily be treated. If neglected, however, it can progress to a more severe condition called periodontitis. In periodontitis, the tissues around the teeth become infected and inflamed, leading to damage.

Prevention of Periodontal Disease

At Lapeer City Dental, we encourage our patients to follow our advice to avoid periodontal disease. It would help if you brushed your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. Patients also need to come in for their regular checkups so we can remove build-up from their teeth.

Gingivitis is characterized by gum swelling, redness, and potential bleeding. If you feel that you might have any of these symptoms, you need to visit us to treat your gingivitis. It’s unlikely that it will resolve on its own. Many cases progress to periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)?

Periodontal disease is a dental issue that affects a large portion of the population. It is a disease that causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter. The build-up of plaque causes the gums to become inflamed and form these pockets. Normal brushing cannot reach this build-up, and over time the pockets continue to get deeper. Symptoms may include bad breath, red and puffy gums, bleeding gums, and loose or sensitive teeth.

Diagnosis: Gingivitis is the beginning stages of gum disease. Bleeding when brushing is a sign of this, as is inflammation and tenderness. Your dentist will measure between the tooth and gums to determine the depth of any pockets that may be present.

Treatment: Gingivitis and gum disease must be treated to prevent further destruction of teeth, gums, and bone, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Depending on the extent of the disease, deep cleaning and scaling will be recommended and will typically be done with local numbing. When the buildup has been removed from below the gum line, the tissue will heal in a short time.

Maintenance: Follow-up appointments with your dentist will be recommended to keep an eye on the healing progress. Medicated rinses, consistent flossing, and using an electric toothbrush are some of the home treatments suggested. We will discuss a thorough in-home follow-up care program for you.

Please call us today at (810) 664-2999; we’ll be happy to discuss your situation and recommend the most effective treatment options if gum disease or gingivitis is present.

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