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Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease (periodontal disease), is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth.  It is a major cause of tooth loss. Since it is usually painless, patients often do not realize they have it. Signs of gum disease include: red gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums have pulled away from teeth, teeth that are loose or changing position. Since gum disease is often not noticed by a patient, we place great importance on regular dental checkups and periodontal (gum) examinations. Often small changes in home care can make a great difference in gum health.

Gum disease treatment varies based on the severity of the problem. Treatment options in our office may include any of the following: more frequent cleanings, deeper cleanings (root planing), antimicrobial therapy, and in severe cases, we may advise involving a specialist (periodontist). Once the treatment has been performed, we help you maintain healthy gums. With proper treatment it is often possible to return your gum tissue to a healthy state and prevent tooth loss.

  • "Just wanted to say thanks for making our appointment scheduling so easy!
    Our entire family was able to be seen with only one visit. We appreciate your consideration."
    The Millers - Rochester, MN

  • “I had to find a new dentist in 1977. I elected to try the new Byron Dental Group, which had just opened. I’ve been going there for 30 years and I sure made the right choice. The staff is excellent; they use up-to-date equipment and resources, all generating a more personal touch.”
    Thomas T. - Rochester, MN

  • “I was a patient at the Byron Dental Group for over 20 years. A career change brought me to Texas. My new dentist told me I needed several thousands-of-dollars’ worth of work. I called and scheduled an appointment at the Byron Dental Group while returning for the holidays. Their second opinion revealed no such work was needed. I really appreciate their honesty.”
    Wayne and Barb C. - Texas