Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (also called periodontitis) is an advanced form of gum disease. While gum disease can be easily reversed and eliminated in the early stages, you will need intervention from our Grand Rapids dentist to treat periodontitis.

Periodontitis happens when dental plaque build up on the surface of your teeth, causing gum inflammation. If left untreated, the gums may become so infected that the soft tissue and bone supporting teeth is damaged.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of Americans over age 30 have periodontal disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, schedule an appointment with our Grand Rapids dentists as soon as possible.

The following are some procedures used to treat periodontal disease:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Gum graft surgery
  • Laser treatment
  • Regenerative procedures
  • And more

Be sure to ask our periodontitis dentist which treatment is right for you. He will be able to look at your medical history and the current condition of your teeth to determine a treatment plan.

Dr. Ritzema DDS at Complete Health Dentistry is dedicated to preventing and treating gum disease in patients. If you are interested in learning more about our periodontal treatment or any of our other dental services, please call our Grand Rapids dentist office at (616) 458-7267.