Periodontal Disease in Grand Ledge, MI

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What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an infection in the gums that may lead to considerable oral health problems later on. There are three stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to severe. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is caused by a buildup of plaque in the gum pockets. Without treatment, gingivitis can turn into the next phase, called periodontitis, which impacts the bone and fibers that hold your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the most serious phase of periodontal disease and the point at which you may be at risk of losing teeth. To treat periodontal disease, Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC provides both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options depending on the intensity of the disease, including antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, and tooth extraction. If you are at risk of gum disease or beginning to notice signs of infection, please reach out to our office in Grand Ledge, MI to schedule an oral health exam with Dr. Todd K. Baum.

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Treatments for periodontal disease can vary depending on how severe the infection is. After examining your gums, Dr. Baum will go over his recommendations for treatment. For mild cases, scaling and root planing (SRP) is typically done to deep clean your pockets of the gums. In more advanced cases, antibiotics may be prescribed along with numerous scaling and root planing procedures. Acute cases of periodontal disease typically require gum surgery, such as pocket reduction or gum grafting.

How long it takes for you to recover will depend on the treatment needed for your case. You may need to schedule several appointments with Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC to fully correct your periodontal disease. After your treatment, you must continue attending routine dental examinations and cleanings at our office. You should also keep up a daily home oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing.

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Periodontal Treatment for A Healthier Smile

Gum disease will get worse if you don't get the appropriate therapy, so it is necessary to get professional help when any signs occur. At Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC, we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future instances of infection. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baum, get in touch with our office in Ledge, MI.

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How can I reduce my risk of periodontal disease?

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash. Eating healthily, avoiding tobacco, and getting regular dental cleanings and exams at our Grand Ledge, MI office can also lower your risk.

What happens if I don’t get treated for periodontal disease?

Untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, receding gums, and bone damage. It can cause deep infections, making teeth loose and eventually resulting in their loss if not addressed promptly.

How can periodontal disease affect my overall health?

Periodontal disease has been linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes complications, respiratory diseases, and pregnancy issues. Bacteria from gum infections can enter the bloodstream, affecting other parts of the body and worsening these conditions.

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