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Gum Disease Treatment Des Moines The biggest cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease. This used to be called pyorrhea. This disease is caused by certain bacteria which colonize around the teeth and under the gum tissue. As this disease progresses it destroys the bone around the teeth. Ultimately the teeth loosen, drift, become painful and infected, and then are lost. Very often severe pain does not occur until the disease is very advanced. Therefore, regular dental exams are needed to diagnose gum problems when they are minor and easily treated.

Gum Disease Treatment may consist of just a proper teeth cleaning accompanied with oral hygiene instruction. More advanced disease may require deep scaling and root planing. This is a meticulous deep cleaning performed with local anesthetic. The most severe cases may need surgical therapy and referral to a gum specialist called a periodontist.

There are certain medicines (prescription rinses and antibiotics) which can be used in the treatment of periodontal disease. But medicines alone can’t cure the problem. Meticulous home car proper treatment are vital.

The most common symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Red and bleeding gums
  • Swollen gum tissue
  • Loosening teeth
  • Tooth separation
  • Painful gum tissue

One final note: numerous studies have shown a direct link between periodontal disease and coronary artery disease and diabetes. So it’s not just the teeth we’re concerned with it’s your overall health. Also, periodontal disease can be passed to your spouse. So if you think you may have a gum problem, our dentists in Des Moines offers Gum Disease Treatment is what you need! To inquire about our Gum Disease Treatment price call (515) 287-5400 or email

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We file to all insurance companies but, we participate with the following: Delta Dental (Premier), Blue Dental, Cigna, Humana, United Concordia, Ameritas, Guardian, Principal, and Dentamax

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