Kristen M. Wildern, D.M.D.
3185 Corporate Grove Dr. Suite A, Hudsonville, MI 49426

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Gum (Periodontal) Disease

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you suspect you are having one or more of these symptoms, come in and see us so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated. The treatment usually involves a professional periodontal scaling and root planning done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. Nitrous oxide is also available for patient comfort. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.

 
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