Effective gum disease treatment for patients in Farmington Hills
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
A common, yet underdiagnosed problemIt is estimated that up to 75 percent of Americans have had some form of gum disease and the majority never even know it. How does this occur? Gum disease can often be silent or asymptomatic when it first begins to develop. Catching even the smallest symptoms can make a world of difference when it comes to preserving your oral health.
Symptoms of gum diseaseEarly gum disease (gingivitis) may cause swollen, inflamed gums, bleeding while brushing, chronic bad breath, and the creation of pockets where gum tissue begins to pull away from teeth. When gum disease becomes more advanced it can lead to shifting teeth, infection, and eventually the loss of teeth, gum tissue and bone.
Treatment for gum diseaseTreatment for gum disease varies, depending on when it’s caught. When it’s discovered during the gingivitis stage, there is typically no damage to the tissue or bone structure, which means patients simply need a professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene.
When it reaches an advanced stage, we may need to use a special deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. This treatment allows us to remove plaque and tartar that are trapped in periodontal pockets and then smooth out the root surface to allow the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth. Scaling and root planing is often done over the course of several visits.
Regardless of the stage, good oral hygiene at home plays a leading role in preventing the advancement of gum disease or its return. Daily brushing and flossing can help control plaque and tartar.
To learn more about gum disease treatment in Farmington Hills, call us at 248.636.2100.
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