At Grand Haven Dental Care, our skilled team emphasizes quality prevention to protect the health of the teeth and gums. For patients who may require more gentle periodontal care than others, we offer high-tech solutions built for comfort, efficiency, and optimal health!
Dr. Leatha Wood is proud to offer the top gum disease and periodontal treatment near Grand Haven, MI and beyond, with advanced technologies and a team that works hard to spot underlying gum issues early on, so you can receive the treatment that you need as early as possible. Our gum treatment options include the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®, laser gum therapy, and more — plus our regular dental examinations and cleanings also include plenty of preventive care and maintenance on the gum lines.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease generally indicates the build-up of bacteria and inflammation of the gum line. Typically speaking, gum disease can be caused by factors like poor oral care routines, skipping dental appointments, advanced age, genetics, or chronic illness.
If your gum disease is left untreated, you could be at a higher risk for developing the following conditions:
- Heart Disease
- Low-Weight or Premature Babies
What Are the Symptoms Of Gum Disease?
In its earliest phases, gum disease it isn't always obvious — that's why it's so important to attend your regular dental checkups at Grand Haven Dental Care. If you're experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, it's time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wood as soon as possible!
- Loose teeth
- Tooth and mouth pain
- Receding, swollen gums
- Painful gums
- Bleeding while brushing and flossing
- Mouth sores
- Bad breath
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Pus between the teeth
- A change in your bite
Gum Disease Treatment at Grand Haven Dental Care
Although gum disease can evolve into a more serious condition if left untreated, Dr. Wood and her team have the right tools, technologies, and skill to restore your gums to a healthy condition. We offer the following periodontal treatments at our Grand Haven dental office:
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)
Did you know Dr. Wood is the only dentist in Grand Haven, MI certified in the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique? This procedure, designed to correct gum recession, consists of using a needle to make small holes in the gum line, allowing Dr. Wood to guide the tissue into a proper position over the tooth for rapid, comfortable results.
If your gum disease has caused considerable gum recession, we may recommend pinhole gum therapy to restore the health of your mouth. The special therapeutic method behind the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique is one of the least invasive ways to repair the gums - no grafting or stitches required! This minimally invasive procedure can restore years to your smile and improve your overall health.
There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue, for a painless, stress-free gum treatment!
- Reduced discomfort for the patient after treatment
- Faster recovery time for the patient, compared to traditional grafting
- No need for uncomfortable sutures
- No need for scalpels invasive surgical tools like scalpels
- No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Scaling and root planing (SRP) is one of the most common procedures for treating gingivitis. It involves a deep cleaning below the gum line and smoothing the surface of the tooth. Scaling and root planing removes the plaque, bacteria, and acid buildup that can cause gum inflammation.
A simple SRP at Grand Haven Dental Care helps to restore and promote healthier teeth, gums, and overall oral health while preventing gum disease at every stage!
Laser Gum Treatments
To fight the signs of gum disease, Dr. Wood uses cutting-edge soft tissue lasers. This advanced technology offers enhanced precision, comfort, and control, and can be used for a wide selection of gum treatments. Many of our Grand Haven dental patients prefer laser gum treatments, because they are generally faster and more comfortable than conventional or surgical gum treatments.
Advanced Periodontal Care For Healthier Smiles
When you take care of your gums, you're taking care of your total body health, too! Call Grand Haven Dental Care today to get the advanced periodontal therapy you need.