Our office in Gaylord, Michigan, proudly offers periodontal (gum) disease treatment, which aides in the prevention of tooth loss and the spread of further infection.  Periodontal disease develops in the gums as an infection caused by untreated exposure to plaque.  There are many stages of periodontal disease and appropriate treatments for each stage.  Our dentist, Dr. Harbin, will review your individual needs during your consultation at Otsego Dental Group.

The medical term for early periodontal disease is gingivitis.  Warning signs of gingivitis can include swollen and painful gums, bleeding after brushing or flossing, or chronic bad breath.  However, gingivitis can often go unnoticed.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that effects the soft and hard structures which support the teeth.  In the more serious form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis, the gums pull away from the tooth and the supporting gum tissues are destroyed.

Chronic periodontitis is the most advanced form of the disease.  Chronic periodontitis progresses relatively slow in most people and is typically more evident in adulthood.  Inflammation as a result of bacterial infection is behind all forms of periodontal disease however, a host of factors can influence the severity of the disease.  Risk factors include inherited or genetic susceptibility, smoking, lack of adequate home care, age, diet, health history and medications.

Advanced periodontal disease causes gums to separate from the teeth, increasing the chances of infection and decay.  Advanced periodontal disease can also result in tooth abscess and bone loss.  Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss however, this can be avoided in many cases.

Some cases of acute periodontal disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self -care may require a special type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.  You may choose to begin this procedure with the administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort.  A small instrument called a “scaler” and an ultrasonic cleaner, are used to clean beneath your gum line removing the plaque and tartar.  The root surfaces of the teeth are then planed and smoothed.  In effect scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing.

The pathogens in periodontal breakdown are also responsible for cardiovascular events, diabetes, pregnancy dysfunction, RA, COPD, and some cancers.

At Otsego Dental Group, we offer many periodontal services. Our dentist, Dr. Harbin, will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and determine which treatment will best suit your needs.  We invite you to call Otsego Dental Group and our team will answer any of your questions.