We Provide Effective Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Studies have indicated that the state of your oral health could be linked to your overall physical health. In particular, gum disease can put you at higher risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Therefore, caring for your gums is critical. Fortunately, Drs. Mark Luria, Mohanad Ballani, and Rena Allswang can treat all forms of periodontal disease at our Livonia, MI, practice. We use cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat gum disease so that your treatment involves as little discomfort as possible.
The Causes and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Most often, gum disease will develop if you neglect proper dental care. For this reason, brushing, flossing, and preventive dentistry visits are vital. In some cases, you could suffer from gum disease for another reason. A compromised immune system, smoking, a sugary diet, genetics, and particular medications can all increase your risk for gum disease.
Whether you are suffering from gum inflammation or you simply have not visited the dentist in a while, we are ready to provide the vital care that you need.
Oral bacteria are the fundamental cause of gum disease. When microbes build up, they can spread from your teeth to your soft tissues and result in gum disease, which is generally classified into two degrees of severity:
Gingivitis, the initial phase of gum disease, is generally mild and involves a lower concentration of bacteria just along the gum line. Symptoms can include minor redness, inflammation, and bad breath. If you do not receive treatment for gingivitis, it can worsen into periodontitis.
Oral bacteria creates pockets in your gums and will eventually cause the tissues to pull away from your dental roots. Once gingivitis devolves into periodontitis, a number of symptoms will be evident, including:
- Significantly inflamed gums
- Pronounced bleeding
- Dental sensitivity
- Visible gum erosion
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Chronic bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth
Periodontal Therapy at Dearborn Family Dentistry
When it comes to treating gum disease, prevention is our first course of action. During biannual cleanings, your hygienist can eliminate the bacteria that cause periodontitis. However, we can treat gum disease at any stage. To address gingivitis, a routine cleaning will usually be sufficient. If you are suffering from periodontitis, we will usually perform scaling and root planing. This procedure is also known as a deep cleaning, and it is designed to eliminate pockets of bacteria from within your gums. Using an ultrasonic scaler, your practitioner will destroy these microbes. He or she will also remove rough patches on your tooth roots. Because bacteria easily become trapped in these areas, scaling and root planing can help prevent flare-ups. Our ultrasonic scalers are incredibly precise, limiting the impact to your gums. Compared to manual treatment methods, your deep cleaning with our advanced technology will be very efficient and will involve minimal risk.
Why Is Periodontal Care So Important?
If you are suffering from the early symptoms of gum disease, you should seek treatment quickly. Swift intervention can prevent the many oral health problems associated with periodontitis. For example, a cleaning or deep cleaning could reduce your risk for tooth loss. In addition, our care will ease your discomfort and allow you to enjoy full dental function.
Schedule Your Treatment
Whether you are suffering from gum inflammation or you simply have not visited the dentist in a while, we are ready to provide the vital care that you need. Call our office at (313) 565-5507 or contact us online to schedule your preventive dentistry appointment.