If you experience bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, along with redness, swelling, and tenderness, it may indicate gum disease. Detroit Dentist, Dentures & Implants, led by Dr. Baqai, is dedicated to preserving your smile and promoting your long-term gum health. We offer comprehensive care for all stages of gum disease for patient in Franklin, Farmington, and Southfield, Birmingham and the surrounding area.
Our treatment options include scaling and root planing, ARESTIN antibiotics, soft tissue lasers, as well as regular maintenance exams and gum tissue assessments. With our expertise and time-proven techniques, we can detect, diagnose, and prevent gum disease.
At Detroit Dentist, Dentures & Implants, we prioritize patient education and customized care to maintain your oral health. We are committed to restoring your gum health and are here to support you and your loved ones. Reach out to us today if you have concerns about gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection in the mouth that causes inflammation and attacks the gums, tissues, ligaments, and roots of teeth responsible for holding them in place. The condition typically results from an accumulation of plaque and tartar, but other factors like genetics, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, medication use, systemic diseases such as diabetes, and more can also contribute to its development.
Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria and toxins that forms on and below the gum line, is the primary cause of gum disease. This common but serious condition can negatively impact both oral health and overall wellness. Advanced periodontitis, the severe form of gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Early signs of gum disease
Gum disease can initially present mild discomfort and symptoms, leading to its early signs being easily overlooked. Here are seven common symptoms of gum disease:
- Bright red, swollen, and sensitive gums
- Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing
- Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Painful chewing or biting
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste
- Teeth appearing longer due to receding gum tissue.
Can gum disease affect my overall health?
Yes, recent medical and dental research indicates that the bacterial infection in gum disease can extend beyond your oral cavity and potentially lead to general health issues if left untreated. This is due to the oral-systemic connection, which links your oral health and overall well-being.
Toxins from the plaque and tartar that cause gum inflammation can enter your bloodstream as the infection worsens beneath the gumline. This can allow the infection to spread to other parts of your body. Advanced gum disease has been associated with complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy-related issues.
Treating Gum Disease
Our approach to treating gum disease involves a combination of advanced technology and comprehensive services to detect, diagnose, and reduce its effects. Our team at Detroit Dentist, Dentures & Implants we offer scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, to remove tartar, plaque, and other harmful byproducts.
Before starting the treatment, we conduct a thorough exam and assessment of your smile to ensure the best possible outcome. Using specialized tools, we carefully and thoroughly remove excess tartar and plaque from all surfaces of your teeth, including beneath the gumline. This process, called tooth scaling, helps eliminate plaque and bacteria buildup. We also smooth tooth roots to promote proper healing and gum tissue reattachment to teeth.
Our Comprehensive Approach to Gum Treatment
Our comprehensive approach to gum treatment incorporates soft tissue lasers to eliminate infection and remove diseased gum tissue without the use of scalpels or damage to surrounding healthy structures. In addition, we can combine laser treatment with ARESTIN antibiotics for gum pocket reduction. To help protect and maintain gum health at home, our dentist can prescribe a rinse as needed.
Our goal is to safely and effectively address the disease and prepare your smile for other necessary treatments, such as restorations or extractions. If dry mouth is affecting your long-term gum health, Dr. Baqai can also prescribe a rinse for this condition.
How Often Do I Need Maintenance?
The frequency of maintenance depends on the extent of your periodontal condition and how well your gums respond to previous treatment. In some cases, you may need to visit our office for deep cleanings and gum tissue exams every three or four months, especially if you have received treatment for advanced periodontitis or have a history of gum disease. Our dentist will develop a personalized maintenance plan based on your individual needs.
Protect Your Gum & Dental Health Today!
Dr. Baqai, offers comprehensive treatment and maintenance for gum disease in Bingham Farms and the surrounding area. We believe that people of all ages should have a healthy and attractive smile, free from infections. If you suspect you have gum disease, don’t delay! Contact us today to arrange a consultation.