The gums and soft tissues of your mouth are just as important to your smile as your teeth. Periodontal treatment is part of the branch of dentistry that focuses on studying and treating the gums and tissues of your mouth. The main goal of gum treatment in Southfield, Michigan is to prevent and treat gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the build-up of bacteria around teeth and gums. Bacteria normally found in the mouth form a sticky film (called plaque) that covers the tooth surface. If plaque is not removed daily by brushing and flossing, it causes irritation and eventually hardens into tartar (also known as dental calculus). Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. If it is not removed, it can create an environment where bacteria thrive and bone loss around the teeth occurs. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Periodontal treatment includes scaling and root planing, deep cleaning methods to remove bacteria and infected gum tissue. If necessary, periodontal surgery may be suggested by our skilled dentist, Dr. Sylvan Stern. If you have gums that bleed or are swollen or tender, we suggest calling our dental office to learn more about the periodontal treatments we offer.