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Periodontal Disease.At Arbutante Dental, our mission is to provide high-quality, convenient dental treatment to patients throughout Spring Lake, MI and the surrounding areas. We're proud to serve as a premier general, cosmetic, and restorative dental practice for the Spring Lake community, and we strive to make dental treatment a convenient part of every patient's schedule. In addition to treating the teeth, we also proudly provide periodontal care – that is, treatment centered on the health of the gums and bone tissues that support the teeth. To maintain a truly healthy smile, it's important to focus on the health of both the teeth, gums, and underlying structures.

About Periodontal Treatment

Put simply, periodontal treatment is dental treatment focused on preserving the health of the tissues that support the teeth: the gums, the periodontal ligament, and the jawbone. With proper oral hygiene, it's possible to preserve the integrity of both the natural teeth and their supporting structures, allowing anyone to maintain a healthy smile throughout their lifetime. It's also important to understand that the health of the teeth and gums are linked – bacteria and plaque growing on the teeth can spread into and infect the gums, and compromised gums can threaten the health of the teeth.

While prevention is always the best medicine for periodontal health, there are a number of periodontal therapy treatments designed to reverse the effects of bacterial infection and preserve the health of the gums. Dr. Arbutante may recommend anything ranging from scaling (deep cleaning) of the teeth to remove bacteria from below the gum line to surgical repair of gum and bone tissue. Without these treatments, advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis) can threaten the gums, the jawbone, and can even cause tooth loss.

Periodontal Treatments in Spring Lake, MI

At our office, we're proud to offer a variety of periodontal treatments to protect the health of our patients. Dr. Arbutante will work with you to determine the ideal treatment course for you, and depending on the health of your teeth and gums, he may recommend any of the following:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: This procedure is similar to a standard teeth cleaning, but provides a much deeper, more detailed cleaning. Scaling and root planing involves using specialized tools to clean below the gum line, removing plaque, calculus (tartar), and bacteria from the roots of the teeth.
  • Gum Grafting: In some patients, gum recession – the process of the gums shrinking and pulling away from teeth – can be unavoidable. Gum grafting is a simple surgical procedure that replaces lost gum tissue with new, healthy tissue, taken either from another part of the mouth or from lab-processed donor tissue.
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery: This treatment describes any procedure designed to improve the appearance of the gum tissues.
  • Periodontal Laser Treatment: For some patients, we may be able to use advanced medical lasers to remove diseased gum tissue instead of conventional surgical methods, offering a convenient, effective treatment option.
  • Crown Lengthening Surgery: This procedure involves lengthening the amount of tooth exposed above the gum line, usually by trimming the gums down. This may be necessary to create a more visually pleasing smile or to aid in securing a dental crown.
  • Dental Implants: Titanium dental implants offer a convenient, effective, and incredibly long-lasting option for replacing teeth. In addition to being a cosmetic dental treatment, dental implants may form a part of your periodontal treatment plan.

How to Care for Your Gums at Home

How to Floss Your Teeth In addition to the in-office periodontal treatments we provide, it's vital to take good care of your gums at home. Brushing and flossing is a crucial part of that at-home care, but it's important to use good technique when performing oral hygiene: avoid scrubbing too hard with a brush or flossing too roughly, as this can cause gum recession and diminish your periodontal health.

In addition to daily oral hygiene, in-office exams and cleanings are a necessary part of your periodontal health regimen. You should schedule a routine dental checkup and cleaning appointment twice a year.

Finally, monitoring your diet is important for proper dental health. Avoid foods packed with sugar and carbohydrates, as these can contribute to dental decay and gum disease. Additionally, avoid tobacco in all its forms. Tobacco is incredibly damaging to the gums, increasing your risk for gum disease, dental decay, and tooth loss – so staying tobacco-free is an important part of periodontal health.

Contact Your Spring Lake, MI Periodontist

WIth diligent at-home care and regular preventive treatments in our office, you can ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy for a lifetime. Contact us today if you have more questions about periodontal health or wish to schedule a checkup appointment at our Spring Lake, MI office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts the rest of your life!

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