Advanced Periodontal Services in Farmington Hills, MI
Effective periodontal care is an essential component of oral health. By visiting our office regularly, you can prevent serious conditions like gum disease from negatively impacting your oral health. Our experienced team has advanced training, knowledge, and expertise in treating and maintaining your gum health so you can protect and enhance your smile. At Comfort Dental Spa, we provide thorough periodontal care in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Our goal is to help all of our patients protect their teeth and gums with exceptional dental care and personalized treatment plans. Our focus on quality patient treatment includes using advanced dental technology and offering multiple services so you can have all your treatment done in one location. We value your time and are here to preserve the health of your smile. Call us today to set up your appointment for a comprehensive evaluation of your periodontal health!
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What is Periodontics?
Periodontics includes the treatment of gums, bone, and ligaments that support your teeth. Even though modern dentistry has improved dramatically, gum disease is still prevalent in half of all adults across America. Our goal is to help you understand the symptoms of the disease and demonstrate the best ways to prevent its progression.
Good periodontal care is a critical step in every dental health routine, but it is especially important if you’ve been diagnosed with a periodontal condition. For patients with gum disease, seeking help from our highly experienced team is the best way to restore your gums to optimal health.
Periodontal Care Procedures
If your gums are swollen, tender, or bleed easily, it is important to get treatment before it develops into a more serious condition. Our team of advanced specialists has completed thousands of hours of continuing education to offer you the most effective treatments possible. Common procedures include:
Thorough and regular cleanings can be enough to correct gum disease at the early gingivitis stage. At this stage, there is no long-term damage to the gums or teeth. The dental staff can also give you pointers for maintaining good dental hygiene.
Antibiotic treatment alone is an option for mild to moderate bacteria buildup and also used to support more advanced treatment to completely remove the infection.
Scaling and root planning is used when gum disease has progressed to moderate stages. It is a specialized cleaning that removes tartar, plaque, and toxins from above and below the gum line—a process known as scaling. Then the surface of the roots of the teeth is smoothed with specialized tools, also known as planing. After this procedure, the gum tissue can heal and recover from the disease.
Gingivectomy is sometimes needed in severe cases of gum disease. It involves the surgical removal and reshaping of infected gum tissue and eliminating the diseased areas and closing any pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums.
There are several options to consider for gum disease treatment, and our knowledgeable team will work with you to determine the best method of treatment for your specific circumstances. Regardless of the level of treatment you need, Comfort Dental Spa can provide the highest quality of care in a relaxing environment.
Non-Invasive Treatment with Perio Protect®
This system uses custom made comfortable trays with special internal seals to deliver medication directly into pockets under the gum line. The seals create gentle pressure that forces the medication into areas brushing, and flossing can’t reach so disease-causing bacteria can be eliminated, and the gums are allowed to heal naturally. Although gum disease cannot be cured, Perio Protect lets you manage the condition easily and without invasive surgery. Simply wear the trays with the medication according to our recommendations for 10-15 minutes per day to keep bacteria from recolonizing. Once the infection is under control, you can continue to use the system with smaller amounts of medication just once a day. You will also have whiter teeth and fresher breath as additional bonuses!
Advanced Periodontal Care at Our Professional Farmington Hills Practice
Periodontal disease, over time, can harm your dentition and treatments are most effective when the disease is caught early on. As gum disease advances, it will require more thorough treatment. One way to treat gum disease is with LANAP®, a periodontal procedure completed with the use of a laser. This proven procedure removes stubborn bacteria, plaque, and calculus and also encourages new cell growth in the gums.
The Perio Protect system can also help promote general wellness by reducing infection from bacteria buildup. Excess bacteria is not only linked to gum disease, but also other serious systemic diseases, including diabetes, and heart disease. Including Perio Protect with proper oral hygiene, and regular visits to our office for professional cleanings will effectively fight gum disease and promote overall health.
Surgical Treatments for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease spreads like autoimmune infections. As bacteria grow further into the smile, we produce antibodies to fight the infection, and the reactions of the antibodies and bacteria begin to erode gum and bone tissue. The only way to stop this decay is by removing the infection first.
The team at Comfort Dental Spa has decades of experience performing periodontal surgeries. Farmington Hills residents seeking surgery can rest assured that we have the skills and expertise needed to provide the highest quality of care. The surgical procedures most commonly performed on the gums include:
Gum grafts can repair gum tissue or cosmetically enhance the appearance of the smile. This procedure involves taking healthy tissue, usually from the roof of the mouth, and surgically attaching it to the gum area that needs treatment. As it heals, the healthy grafted tissue restores the treated area.
Bone grafts are used to restore bone and soft tissues that have disintegrated due to the progression of gum disease. The procedure involves getting between the gums and teeth and thoroughly cleaning the infected area. Then, any holes that have developed in the bone are filled with the bone grafting material (natural or synthetic) and covered with a protective barrier then stitched back into place. Over several months the area regenerates the lost bone and soft tissue.
Flap surgery is a procedure used to treat moderate or advanced gum disease. During this surgery, we temporarily separate the gums from the teeth, folding them back. This provides greater access to the infected area. All inflamed tissue is then removed from the area, including between the teeth and from any holes in the teeth. Then we perform scaling and root planing to remove tartar and plaque. Finally, the gums are repositioned on the teeth and stitched into place.
Dental crown lengthening is a procedure that removes and reshapes excess gum tissue, exposing more of the natural tooth. The procedure can be performed to the entire gum line or just one tooth. Often a cosmetic procedure, crown lengthening can also be used in certain circumstances to expose more tooth structure to support another dental restoration (e.g., a crown or bridge).
Laser surgery is another common procedure to treat gum disease. It comes with many benefits, including reduced discomfort and shortened healing time. During the procedure, we use a special laser set to a specific wavelength that removes only the unhealthy tissue. All healthy tissue is left in place, meaning only a minimal amount of tissue is removed. Laser surgery on the gums is usually completed over a series of appointments.
More About Treating Periodontal Disease with Lasers
Lasers use light waves to transfer energy, and in this case, the energy is used to remove bacteria, diseased tissue, and calculus from a gum pocked infected with periodontitis. Incredibly gentle, this procedure often requires no anesthetic, and patients usually experience only mild symptoms afterward. When using a laser, we carefully slide the light beam around the infected area, sterilizing your gums and periodontal pockets. After the procedure, a tooth splint is placed to keep pressure off the tooth or teeth that have been treated to ensure even healing. Depending on the severity of your case, as little as one treatment may be all that you need to restore your smile.
Are Lasers Better Than Traditional Treatments?
Laser treatment is FDA approved and designed to target specific tissues within the dentition. This advanced technology can only remove tissues according to the wavelength setting used by our professionals who are qualified to use dental laser technology.
Root scaling and planing, gingivectomy, and tissue grafting are viable methods of restoring health, but laser treatment can encourage tissue and ligaments to effectively reattach to the tooth, reinstating a healthy balance to gums and teeth. Lasers are especially beneficial to patients with dental phobias because they do not produce the same noise as conventional dental tools, allowing you to relax during procedures.
Does My Insurance Cover Laser Treatment?
Insurance typically covers the procedure you receive, not how you receive it. It may be more economical to have laser treatment as opposed to root planing and scaling. Depending on your insurance coverage, laser procedures may have a similar cost to traditional treatments, but the method is more comfortable, and healing is quicker. These benefits may be worth the investment for you, so be sure to discuss all your treatment options with our team, and we can work together to create the best plan for you and your budget.
Ongoing Care for Optimal Gum Health and Strong Teeth
Fortunately, there are measures you can take to reduce or prevent periodontitis.
- Twice-daily brushing. Use a soft-bristled brush, and don’t brush too hard, as this irritates your gums. Change your toothbrush every three months for best results. You can also increase how often you brush to after every meal or snack to eliminate food particles and keep bacteria from building up.
- Consider an electric toothbrush. Many electronic brushes have a built-in timer so you can be sure you are brushing for the right amount of time. They also do the work for you with just the right amount of pressure.
- Daily flossing. Effectively removes food particles and plaque that brushing can’t reach. Be gentle with flossing, to avoid cutting into your gums with the thread. A dental pick or interdental brush is specially designed to clean between your teeth and can also help with hard to reach areas.
- Daily mouthwash. This kills bacteria and flushes out leftover food and plaque. Talk to our team, and we can recommend the right product for you.
- For swollen or red gums, rinse twice a week with mild salt-water to promote healing.
- Smoking doubles your risk of gum disease. If you’re a smoker, consider quitting or cutting down.
- The last piece of the puzzle is to plan ahead and visit our office consistently. More frequent visits may be needed if you do have signs of gum disease, or if you have diabetes or are pregnant.
Taking a proactive approach toward your oral health is an essential component in maintaining healthy gums. This begins with knowing the early signs of disease, some of which include bleeding or swollen gums, increased sensitivity, plaque buildup, and chronic bad breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, reaching out to our office as soon as possible is the best course of action.
Improve Your Oral Health with Expert Periodontal Care
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, our Farmington Hills team office can help. Our doctors specialize in gum disease and periodontal treatment so you can overcome oral health challenges and achieve the strong, vibrant smile you’ve always wanted. We are passionate about helping you achieve optimal dental health in a pleasant and relaxed environment. Contact us today to learn how we can help you get past gum disease and love your smile!
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