Periodontal Disease

Haytham A. Fares, DDS, PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Dearborn, MI

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of American adults have periodontal disease, a progressive condition marked by inflamed gum tissue. Haytham A. Fares, DDS, PC, regularly treats this troublesome, pervasive condition at his Dearborn, Michigan, practice with personalized treatment plans. Without high-quality, professional treatment, periodontal disease is likely to lead to severe gum disease, decay, and even tooth loss. If you notice symptoms such as bleeding, tender, or receding gums, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that affects the soft tissue surrounding your teeth. That soft tissue, your gums, helps hold your teeth firmly in place. When healthy, your gums should be pink, fleshy, and firm. When infection or inflammation caused by periodontal disease threatens your gums, you’re at a much higher risk of severe tooth decay.

It can also cause the soft tissue to fail in its function of holding teeth in place. Over time, this can lead to teeth becoming loose and, eventually, even falling out. Periodontal disease is also painful and can negatively affect chewing, your appearance, and your breath.

What are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Inflamed or red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth

If you notice persistent signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, you should seek the professional help of Dr. Fares.

What causes periodontal disease?

The most common cause of periodontal disease is poor hygiene. When you neglect to brush and floss properly, bacteria from the food you eat can build up in pockets around your gum line. Over time, the bacteria turn into plaque, which can harden and inflame your gums. This inflammation damages the soft tissue and increases your risk of gum disease, bone loss, tooth decay, and tooth loss.

There are also certain risk factors, such as:

  • Tobacco use
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Underlying conditions
  • Poor nutrition
  • Obesity

How is periodontal disease treated?

Dr. Fares regularly treats periodontal disease with highly effective personalized treatment plans. Developing your treatment plan begins with a comprehensive examination to evaluate the state of your gums and teeth.

First, Dr. Fares will help you reverse the effects of periodontal disease with detailed oral hygiene instructions you can incorporate into your at-home routine. Better brushing and flossing techniques can go a long way, particularly if your periodontal disease isn’t too severe.

However, if your periodontal disease has reached a more advanced stage, deep cleanings can help treat infected gums and bone loss. Scaling and root planing (SRP) is a minimally invasive deep cleaning that can get rid of hardened plaque below the gum line. Depending on the specifics of your case, multiple SRP treatment sessions may be required. In the most serious cases, forms of gum surgery may be required.

If you’re experiencing periodontal disease symptoms, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Fares to learn about how to improve your gum health.