The gums and soft tissues that support your smile are just as important to your overall oral health as your teeth. One of the most common conditions that affect this delicate area is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or periodontitis. This condition forms from an infection caused by built-up bacteria from food, plaque, and tartar. Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing your teeth
- Tender, inflamed, or reddened gums
- Bad breath that will not go away
- Loose teeth
- A receding gumline, causing teeth to look abnormally long
- Tooth pain when chewing or biting
To combat periodontal disease, we offer high-quality periodontal treatment in Berkley, Michigan. Treatment begins with scaling and root planing, which are deep cleaning methods used to remove plaque and tartar and smooth the rough spots on your teeth where bacteria can get trapped. As part of our commitment to offer the latest advances in dental technology, we also provide laser treatments. Using a dental laser to treat periodontal disease allows us to remove infected gum tissue with ease while eliminating bleeding and discomfort. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, we encourage you to contact our skilled dentist, Dr. Marvin Herschfus, as soon as you are able. We will help you schedule your appointment and start you on the road to a healthier smile.