Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is incredibly common. Without professional treatment, it can lead to tooth and bone loss or more serious health issues.
At Justin M Schlaikjer, DDS, MS Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we use advanced care to treat all types of gum disease in-office.
Find out how our St. Louis, MO, office can improve your periodontal and overall health...
3 Benefits of Treating Gum Disease in Its Earliest Stages
Improve the Look of Your Smile
After removing the tartar and plaque buildup that causes gum disease, you can enjoy a healthier, brighter-looking smile. Advanced gum disease can also cause gum recession, which makes teeth appear too long.
Save Time & Money
Treatments for early stages of gum disease are much more cost-effective than treatments for advanced periodontal disease. The earlier you address the condition, the lower your chances are of needing expensive surgical procedures like dental implants or bone grafting in the future.
See how non-surgical periodontal therapy, called scaling and root planing, works...
A Closer Look at Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease treatment, or periodontal treatment, does not refer to one particular procedure. It is a treatment plan personalized according to the severity of your symptoms and condition.
As a doctor specializing in periodontal diseases, Dr. Schlaikjer can customize an effective treatment plan that helps to restore both the health and aesthetics of your gums.
Successfully Treating the Most Complex Cases
"By far his most difficult patient yet, and yet I'd go back in a heartbeat. Friendly staff across the board. Patient, understanding, sympathetic, etc." K Smith
Periodontal Disease Is Alarmingly Common
Our doctor can address all levels of periodontal disease...
Professional Periodontal Treatment Can Reach Areas That You Can't
Many patients think that they don't need to visit a dentist or specialist for periodontal care because they practice proper brushing and flossing on their own. However, this is not the case. Patients with good oral hygiene can still develop tartar deposits underneath the gum line, where is it impossible to reach with regular toothbrushes, flosses, and picks.
Periodontists use special tools to access and remove bacteria that cause periodontal disease, reducing your risk of advanced periodontitis and other health problems associated with gum disease.
How can you tell if you need gum disease treatment?
Schedule an Appointment at Our St. Louis Office If You Have:
Redness or Swelling
Swollen or tender gums are often indicators of gum disease. You might also notice bleeding gums when you brush or floss.
Gum tissue that appears to pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket, can leave a large space for bacteria to form.
Bad breath is not only uncomfortable for you. It can make professional or romantic relationships more difficult.
Sores or Lesions
If you notice pus between your teeth or sores throughout your mouth, these can be indicators of serious periodontitis.
Can't a general dentist provide periodontal treatment?
The Importance of Choosing a Periodontist
Although some dentists can provide therapy for gingivitis, most will refer you to a periodontist like Dr. Schlaikjer if you have more serious periodontal disease.
Periodontists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases and can create the most effective treatment plan for your needs. To provide his patients with the latest, most effective treatment options, Dr. Schlaikjer is constantly participating in continuing education courses and SPEAR® study clubs. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Periodontology, and the North American Society of Periodontists.
Our St. Louis office uses laser dentistry to address periodontal disease with minimal discomfort and bleeding...