What is gum disease?

Gum disease, more formally called periodontal disease, is a condition caused by bacteria in plaque. This degenerative condition begins with small changes in your smile but, when left untreated, can result in serious effects on your oral and overall health.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. This stage is marked by gums that are swollen, tender, and redder than usual. Patients with gingivitis in Dearborn, Michigan, also often notice that their gums bleed easily, such as when they floss and brush their teeth. Gingivitis can typically be controlled fairly simply through improved dental hygiene. When not properly treated, however, it may develop into periodontitis.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is advanced gum disease. During this stage, the gums pull away from the teeth, resulting in “pockets” between the gums and teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis may result in tooth loss and bone loss.

What is gum treatment?

The type of gum treatment Drs. Farber and Farber recommend for you will be based on the severity of the condition. One of the most common types of treatment we recommend at Dearborn West Dental is called scaling and root planing. These are deep cleaning treatments focused on preventing the disease from progressing further. We are pleased to also offer the experienced care of Dr. Ana Janic, at our office. For more information about periodontal disease and treatment, we invite you to contact our dentists today.