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Periodontal Disease

Gum Disease Treatment in Ann Arbor, Dexter & Chelsea, MI

Gum disease is a common dental problem that affects millions of people. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is associated with red, swollen gums that bleed during regular brushing and flossing. At Care Family Dental, our team combines experience and compassion to provide high-quality care for treating this oral health issue.

Our gum disease treatments include advanced technology and proven techniques to provide safe and reliable care. We are here to help keep your gums healthy so that you can smile with comfort and confidence. Our practice proudly serves patients in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. Contact us to schedule an evaluation today!


What Is Gum Disease?

periodontics in ann arborGum disease is an infection that affects the tissue surrounding your teeth. Bacteria in dental plaque irritates tissue as it accumulates below and above the gumline. The buildup can eventually lead to serious dental health concerns, including tooth and bone loss and receding gums.

In severe stages, the harmful bacteria can reach other areas of your body through the bloodstream. This may ultimately contribute to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and pregnancy complications.

Common Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease can be triggered by numerous factors, including poor oral hygiene, genetics, smoking, age, diabetes, and other factors. Early symptoms of gum disease may be subtle and hard to notice, but the most common signs include:

  • Red, puffy, and swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gum line
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot drinks and foods
  • Gum abscesses
  • Tooth loss

Regardless of the severity of your problem, you can trust that our team will always treat you with respect and dignity. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile you can be proud of.

Our Comprehensive Approach to Treating Gum Disease in Ann Arbor

At Care Family Dental, we understand how complex gum disease can be, and that's why we take a comprehensive approach that focuses on prevention, treatment, and cure. To develop your treatment plan, we'll thoroughly analyze your oral health during your initial exam and consider everything from your medical history to the medications you may be taking.

We work hard to restore the health of your gums, jaws, and teeth and help prevent future periodontal issues. Our method for treating gum disease in Ann Arbor will depend on your unique health situation and the level of infection present. Some of these treatments include:

Maintenance Cleanings: We offer regular maintenance cleanings to help prevent plaque and tartar buildup, along with preventing gingivitis from progressing to more severe problems. Our dentist recommends this preventive care cleaning twice every year to help keep more serious dental issues from arising. Maintenance cleanings help remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar using specialized equipment. If we identify any issues during this process, our team will work diligently to return the health of your teeth, gums, and jaws.

Scaling & Root Planing: Our dentist also offers periodontal maintenance or deep cleaning. Although it's similar to regular cleanings, deep cleaning takes care of existing problems with your oral health. The first step, scaling, involves removing any plaque from the tooth's surface and the pockets between the gums and teeth. Planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of your tooth to create a secure bond with the gums and minimize the risk of new infections.

Our practice may also apply a fluoride varnish after treatment for those who want it. Depending on your unique situation, we can do deep cleanings every 6-8 weeks when needed. As your gums become healthier, our goal is to lessen the number of appointments you need per year.

With some periodontal treatments, our dentist may prescribe an anti-microbial mouthwash to use at home until your gums are ready to switch to an over-the-counter mouthwash solution. Should you require more advanced treatments, especially with gum surgeries, we will refer you to a trusted periodontist in our area to give you the care you deserve.

Get Exceptional Periodontal Treatment in Ann Arbor

At Care Family Dental, we offer skilled gum disease treatments in Ann Arbor. Our dentist focuses on improving your total oral health with skill and compassion as part of our general dental care. We address your oral health concerns quickly and efficiently with the respect and precision you deserve. If you're suffering from gum disease, our team has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to help you smile with comfort and confidence again. Call our office today for an appointment!