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Comprehensive Gum Disease Treatment in Southfield

happy senior couple at the parkDo your gums bleed during regular brushing and flossing? Are they red, swollen, and tender to the touch? If so, you may have gum disease. At Aesthetic Dental, Dr. Diane Hines and our team are committed to protecting your smile and long-term gum health. We provide comprehensive care for all gum disease stages in Southfield, West Bloomfield, Franklin, and Novi. Our dentist works with a local periodontist to address more advanced problems.

Our available treatments include scaling and root planing, ARESTIN antibiotics, soft tissue lasers, and continued maintenance exams and gum tissue assessments. By combining experience with trusted techniques, we can detect, diagnose, and prevent gum disease.

We work hard to keep your teeth and gums healthy with services that emphasize education and personalization. You can rely on us to help get your gum health back on track. Contact Aesthetic Dental today if you or a loved one may have gum disease!


What is Gum Disease?

man with tooth painGum disease is an oral infection that inflames and attacks the gums, tissues, ligaments, and tooth roots responsible for holding your teeth in place. While the most common cause of gum infection is excess plaque and tartar buildup, the condition can develop due to other factors. These include genetics, diet, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, medication use, systemic diseases like diabetes, and more.

Plaque contains bacteria and toxins that form on teeth above and below the gumline. This buildup eventually leads to gum disease, a common but serious condition that can impact your oral health and overall wellness. Severe gum disease, classified as advanced periodontitis, is the number one cause of tooth loss.

7 Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

The initial signs of gum disease are often overlooked due to mild discomfort and symptoms. Seven common symptoms of gum disease are:

  1. Bright red, swollen, and sensitive gums
  2. Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
  3. Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  4. Painful chewing or biting
  5. Loose teeth
  6. Persistent bad breath or a bad taste
  7. Teeth that appear longer due to receding gums tissue

Can Gum Disease Affect My Overall Health?

close up of young smiling woman at the parkYes. More medical and dental research suggests that the bacterial infection in gum disease can spread beyond your smile, eventually leading to general health concerns if not treated properly. This is possible because your oral health and overall well-being are closely related in a link known as the oral-systemic connection.

The same toxins that cause gum inflammation can work their way into your bloodstream as more harmful plaque and tartar form below the gumline. As the infection enters your bloodstream, it can also gain access to other areas of your body. Advanced gum disease has been known to cause complications with heart disease, diabetes, and difficulty during pregnancy.

Protecting You with Prevention Through Education

Dr. Hines and our team believe one of the best ways to help keep your smile free of gum disease is through proactive prevention and education. Our goal is to help save your natural teeth and keep your gums healthy by teaching you how to manage your oral health.

We take time to review your medical history and inform you about our findings during exams. This way, our team can educate you about your current situation every step of the way. Our dentist goes over the correct ways to brush, floss, and care for your smile between visits. She also goes over your potential risk factors and discusses connected systemic diseases.

Treating Gum Disease in St. George

young woman getting dental treatmentWe provide care designed to detect, diagnose, and reduce gum disease by combining comprehensive services and advanced technology. Our team offers deep cleanings or scaling and root planing for gum disease. The treatment allows us to remove tartar, plaque other harmful byproducts. We perform deep cleanings in Southfield after a thorough exam and assessment of your smile.

We use special tools to remove excess tartar and plaque thoroughly and carefully. Tooth scaling involves cleaning along the surfaces of your teeth and beneath the gumline. By doing so, our team can remove plaque and bacteria from all surfaces. We smooth tooth roots to help promote proper healing and gum tissue reattachment to teeth.

Our Comprehensive Approach to Gum Treatment

Soft tissue lasers allow us to eliminate infection and remove disease gum tissue without scalpels or damaging surrounding healthy structures. Often, we can combine the laser treatment with ARESTIN antibiotics for gum pocket reduction. Our dentist can prescribe a rinse as needed to help protect and health your gums at home.

We do everything we can to clean up the disease safely and effectively, helping to prepare your smile for other treatments like restorations or extraction if necessary. Dr. Hines can also prescribe a rinse for dry mouth if this is affecting your long-term gum health.

How Often Do I Need Maintenance?

Continued maintenance, such as deep cleanings and gum tissue exams, may require you to visit our office as often as every three or four months. We may recommend you come in sooner if you received care for advanced periodontitis or have a history of gum disease. Our dentist will create a plan based on the severity of your condition and how your gums respond to previous treatment.

Protect Your Gum & Dental Health Today!

At Aesthetic Dental, Dr. Diane Hines provides comprehensive gum disease treatment and maintenance in Southfield, West Bloomfield, Franklin, and Novi. We believe individuals both young and old deserve to enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile free of infection. If you think you may have gum disease, do not hesitate! Contact us to schedule a consultation today!


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