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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...

gum pocket before and after gum disease treatment

3 Benefits of Treating Gum Disease  in Its Earliest Stages

Alleviate Your Symptoms

By eliminating gum disease, Dr. Schlaikjer can also address symptoms like bad breath and bleeding gums and reduce the risk of serious side effects like tooth loss. Periodontal treatment can even protect your heart and respiratory health.

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.

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

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.  

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 Pockets

Gum tissue that appears to pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket, can leave a large space for bacteria to form.

Bad Breath

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.

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.

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Justin Schlaikjer, DDS

Dr. Justin Schlaikjer provides personalized periodontal care to help his patients maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. He is dedicated to the highest level of care: 

  • Uses state-of-the-art technology
  • Takes his time with each patient
  • Focuses on patient education
  • Offers flexible financing options

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (314) 792-7840.

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