South Miami Gum Disease Treatment
Protect your gums, teeth, and smile.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults
At Pinecrest Smiles, we help you prevent bleeding gums, tooth loss, and the other effects of gum disease through regular exams and thorough cleanings. Our approach emphasizes minimally invasive gum disease treatment options designed with your comfort and long-term health in mind.
Common signs of gum disease
Keep in mind — gum disease isn’t always painful. In fact, many people have no idea they’re suffering from gum disease. Keep an eye out for the signs above and be sure to visit us for your dental cleanings and exams so we can catch and prevent gum disease.
Red, inflamed, bleeding, or swollen gums
Gum recession (teeth appearing longer than normal)
Black triangles between your teeth
Teeth that feel loose
Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease treatments are much improved from years past. Not only can we detect gum disease much earlier than ever before, but we can also often cure the infection without invasive surgery.
We offer a variety of gum disease treatments here in our office, including:
- Deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) — We’ll remove bacterial buildup from underneath your gums to reduce inflammation and prevent the disease from spreading.
- Antibiotic treatments — Localized placement (ie. Arrestin) or systemic
- Laser-assisted treatments
Common questions about gum disease
What is gum disease?
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is the number one cause of preventable tooth loss in adults. Inflammation and infection in the gums occur when bacteria-filled plaque and calculus build up along the gumline. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria slowly eat away and damage your teeth, gums, and jaw bone.
What are the main causes of gum disease?
- Improper oral hygiene
- Plaque and tartar buildup
- Smoking, vaping, and tobacco
- An unhealthy diet high in sugar
- Certain medications and other health issues
How does gum disease affect my health?
Untreated periodontal disease can cause severe systemic health issues, including diabetic complications, strokes, and heart disease. Gum disease can also lower your body’s ability to fight off other infections and inflammation and can contribute to respiratory infections.
What to expect
We offer honest answers to all your questions about gum disease.
Medical-grade sterilization and PPE ensure your safety during treatment.
Major insurance companies typically cover a portion of your periodontal care.
“I chipped my tooth a couple years ago and it recently chipped again and he took care of it perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend him and his staff.”
— Rachel A.
“Dr. Shapiro & his staff are the best! I was always very nervous about going to the dentist’s office, but I feel very at ease at Pinecrest Smiles!”
— Helen P.
“I love going to Pinecrest Smiles for all my dental needs. The office is immaculate and high tech. Dr. Shapiro is always friendly, welcoming, and very thorough.”
— Laura L.
How to get started
1. Request Appointment
Contact us online or call (305) 233-8000. We’re here to answer all your questions.
2. Get a Personalized Diagnosis
Learn your risk level for periodontal disease and get a custom treatment recommendation.
3. Begin Treatment
We offer high-quality, expert care for your smile and health.
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— Mary T.