What is gum disease?

At Saigh Family Dental, we are committed to treating your entire smile, including the gums and soft tissues that support your teeth. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when plaque and bacteria buildup and cause an infection of this delicate area. The condition is characterized by an inflammation of the gums, as well as these symptoms:

  • Gums that bleed, especially when you brush and floss your teeth
  • A receding gum line, causing teeth to look longer than usual
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when biting down or chewing

Our friendly and experienced dentist leads our dental team in offering excellent treatments for gum disease in Iron River, Michigan, to combat this and other gum-related conditions.

How is gum disease treated?

The nature of your periodontal treatment is dependent upon the severity of your condition. We will begin by providing medication and oral hygiene tips if signs of gum disease are just beginning to appear. Our most common treatments for moderate gum disease are scaling and root planing, powerful deep cleaning methods. Scaling and root planing are used together to remove infected gum tissue, plaque, and tartar from above and below the gum line, and to smooth rough patches on your teeth where bacteria often grow. If gum disease is severe, surgery to ensure your smile stays healthy and strong may be recommended.

At our practice, we also utilize lasers to remove infected gum tissue and seal off your gums with precision and a reduced risk of side effects. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of gum disease, we invite you to call us at 906-265-0050 and make an appointment with Dr. Saigh immediately. We are eager to relieve your pain and start you on the road to better health.