Hannibal Dental Group


Hannibal Periodontist

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious condition that leads not only to tooth loss, but has been shown to affect the entire body if left untreated. At Hannibal Dental Group, we have an expert periodontist on staff who can provide specialty gum care right here on site, including periodontist Dr. Mark Mangels, and a team of five licensed hygienists. 

Dr. Mark Mangels specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. He will perform a thorough exam to chart gum size and shape, tissue condition, signs of bleeding, plaque and calculus buildup. Bone levels will also be checked, along with mobility and signs of tooth recession. 

And don’t worry, your comfort is important to us, so we are always gentle and caring. We’ll compare the results of this exam with your X-rays to develop a treatment plan that will meet your individual needs.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is an ongoing bacterial infection that can have a systemic effect on the body’s organ systems and is associated with serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and other conditions. 

Early gum disease is called gingivitis. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and tender. They may bleed easily, and if untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. Symptoms include bright red or purple gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. Advanced symptoms can include abscess, tooth loss, or infection of the jaw bone.

Treatment for Gum Disease

Treatment for periodontal disease may be non-surgical or surgical, depending on the severity of the condition. Non-surgical treatments are preferred whenever possible, and many times successfully treat gum disease without resorting to surgery. 

Surgical procedures include bone grafting to help restore lost bone once the diseased tissue has been removed. Teeth lost to gum disease may be replaced with dental implants right in our office.

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for gum disease. Root surfaces are carefully cleaned to remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets in the gums. The tooth root is then smoothed to remove bacterial toxins. Antibiotics may be place in the pocket between your tooth and gum to fight infection.

Professional cleanings are the best maintenance for healthy gums. Trust Hannibal Dental Group to care for your smile as we’ve been doing for your friends and neighbors since 1962. Call (573) 221-1227 for an appointment or request an appointment online.

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