Gum Disease Treatment in Allen Park, MI
Your Guide to Maintaining Healthy Gums
Your gums are an essential component of your oral health. If they become infected, it can lead to a variety of consequences for your health including tooth loss and more. That’s why Dr. Cannon and our team at Allen Park Dentistry offer comfortable gum disease treatments to preserve the health of your smile.
Keep reading to learn about the causes and symptoms of gum disease, as well as how you can prevent it.
What Is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that starts in your gum tissue and spreads throughout your mouth. The infection occurs as a result of built-up plaque in your gums, a substance that forms when bacteria stick to your teeth and harden. To prevent plaque from accumulating, make sure to brush and floss every day in addition to visiting our Allen Park practice for dental cleanings and exams.
Stages of Gum Disease
There are two primary stages of gum disease:
- Gingivitis — During this early stage of gum disease, the infection is still mild and can often be reversed quickly. Your gums will look red and inflamed, but you’re unlikely to feel pain or other symptoms at this point.
- Periodontitis — If you don’t seek treatment for gingivitis, the infection will progress to the more severe stage of periodontitis. At this point, the bacteria will start to destroy the bones and tissues that support your teeth. This can result in severe pain, tooth loss, and a wide range of other debilitating symptoms.
At Allen Park Dentistry, Dr. Cannon and our team provide comfortable and effective solutions for gum disease. We’ll examine your gums to determine the severity of your infection, then work with you to find an ideal treatment plan.
Scaling & Root Planing
If you’re still in the early stages of gum disease, we can typically reverse the infection with scaling and root planing. This procedure involves using special dental tools to remove plaque above and below your gumline, leaving you with a fresh and sparkling smile.
Also known as deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a non-invasive treatment that we can perform in just one office visit. By addressing gum disease early, you can avoid serious health consequences down the line.
ARESTIN® Gum Treatment
Our Allen Park family dental practice is proud to offer ARESTIN as a comfortable treatment for gum disease. This powerful antibiotic is applied to your gums to disinfect them and reduce the size of periodontal pockets for a faster recovery.
Typically, Dr. Cannon will use ARESTIN after performing a scaling and root planing procedure. After it’s been administered, the antibiotic will fight your infection for at least two weeks, helping to keep your mouth free of bacteria and restore your gums to full health.