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Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care

In its ear­ly stages, gum dis­ease is called gin­givi­tis and is caused by a vir­u­lent bac­te­ria found in plaque. At this stage a rou­tine den­tal clean­ing is usu­al­ly suf­fi­cient to remove the sources of infec­tion and restore peri­odon­tal health. If not treat­ed prop­er­ly how­ev­er, this infec­tion can lead to peri­odon­ti­tis which is a chron­ic inflam­ma­tion and can lead to irrepara­ble dam­age the bone which sup­ports the tooth. If left untreat­ed for an extend­ed peri­od of time gum dis­ease can result in the loss of teeth and oth­er health issues.

Ear­ly warn­ing signs of peri­odon­tal dis­ease are swollen, bleed­ing, or ten­der gums, and if you are expe­ri­enc­ing these symp­toms, we encour­age you to con­tact us today. If caught ear­ly, we can help you reverse the dam­age. Dr. Hock care­ful­ly exam­ines your gums for col­or changes, bleed­ing, swelling, and reces­sion. He also checks for loose and sen­si­tive teeth. Full mouth x‑rays can show if there is any bone loss around your teeth. He may also ask you about your health to see if a med­ical con­di­tion, such as dia­betes, could be con­tribut­ing to your peri­odon­tal dis­ease.

Peri­odon­tal prob­ing helps mea­sure how advanced your dis­ease is. Dur­ing prob­ing, a tool (probe) mea­sures the depth of space (called the pock­et) between the tooth and the sur­round­ing gum. The deep­er the pock­et, the more severe the prob­lem.

If Caught Early, We Can Help You Reverse the Damage. Schedule A Consultation.

To learn more about peri­odon­tal care, sched­ule a con­sul­ta­tion. Click here to request an appoint­ment online or call (734) 455‑8844. One of our friend­ly team mem­bers will hap­pi­ly help you sched­ule a con­ve­nient appoint­ment time.


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