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By North Park Family Dental
July 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that is caused by poor dental care. It progresses with age and can lead to tooth loss. But you don't have to watch helplessly as your periodontal disease continues to progress—there are therapies available to help save your teeth. Learn about periodontal therapy options at the dentist office of North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids.Periodontal Therapy

What Is Periodontal Disease?
Some people falsely believe that the worst that can happen to your dental health is a cavity or a bad tooth infection. However, an infection of the gums (also called gum disease) is even more problematic. The CDC estimates that close to 50 percent of adults over age 30 have periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease. There are a few key signs of periodontal disease to watch for:

  • Bleeding or red gums
  • Really odorous breath that doesn’t go away with brushing or mouthwash
  • Teeth that move or become looser
  • Pockets around the gumline (receding gums)
  • Pain or sensitivity when eating or brushing


What Is Periodontal Therapy? 
Periodontal therapy is a course of treatment offered by your Grand Rapids dentist that’s aimed at removing the cause of periodontal disease and then allowing the gums to heal. The ultimate goal is to prevent tooth loss, restore gum health and strengthen the bone tissue. Procedures include:

  • Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning around the root of the tooth).
  • Gum or bone grafting (replacing missing gum and bone tissue).
  • Periodontal laser treatment (a method of eliminating diseased tissue using a laser).
  • Periodontal plastic surgery (a procedure to reshape the gums and make them look more attractive after periodontal problems are resolved).


Give Your Gums a Chance
Periodontal therapy gives your gums and teeth a fighting chance. Even at advanced stages of this dental disease, prompt treatment can reverse the symptoms and restore good dental health. It’s also important that you improve your personal dental care habits for the best results—that includes brushing and flossing regularly, eating the right foods and ceasing the use of tobacco products.

Talk to Your Grand Rapids Dentist
Periodontal therapy can save your teeth and preserve your dental health. Call North Park Family Dental at (616) 361-7265 to schedule an appointment to discuss the best course of treatment for your case as soon as possible.