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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Kansas City, MO

Dedicated Treatment
for Gum Disease

As much as 80% of US adults over 30 may be suffering from gum disease. If that isn’t frightening enough, the really unfortunate thing is that more than half of these people are completely unaware that something is wrong. The technical name for gum disease is periodontal disease, and it occurs when bacteria, plaque, and tartar at the gum line irritates, inflames, or breaks down the supportive tissue surrounding the teeth. That’s actually where the word periodontal comes from. “Perio” is Latin for around, and “odont” is Latin for tooth.

Why Choose Michael C. Byars, DDS for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?

  • Periodontal Screenings Performed at Every Appointment
  • Deep Cleanings That Treat the Source of Infection
  • Able to Reverse Gum Recession & Bone Degeneration

Symptoms of Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Gum disease can lead to a wide variety of symptoms, and initially, they can be so subtle that you might not notice them, or you may think they aren’t a big deal. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should go ahead and give us a call for treatment:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, purple, white, or otherwise discolored gums
  • Inflamed, swollen, itchy, or irritated gum tissue
  • Teeth that appear longer (caused by soft tissue recession)
  • Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
  • Teeth that shift
  • Bite that doesn’t fit together well
  • Unexpected tooth loss

How We Treat Periodontal (Gum) Disease

We try to work with patients to prevent periodontal disease, but if it does occur, we offer a number of treatments to renew their oral health. In the early stages of gum disease, known commonly as gingivitis, visiting our team for more frequent professional cleanings coupled with thorough at home care may be adequate to restore oral health. For the more severe stage, periodontitis, we may need to provide advanced treatments, including:

  • Scaling – The systematic removal of plaque and tartar at the gum line and irrigation of the pockets between teeth
  • Root Planing – The smoothing of tooth roots to prevent further buildup
  • Pocket Depth Reduction – Often completed as part of scaling and root planing, this procedure reattaches the gum tissue to the teeth
  • Bone or tissue regeneration – Treatments to promote the regrowth of healthy supportive tissues
  • Gum Recontouring – Reshaping the gum line to look more even
  • Soft Tissue Grafts – Replacing lost gum tissue