John Leitner DDS 575 Robbins Road, Grand Haven, MI 49417

(616) 842-2850


Periodontal Care in Grand Haven, MI

Protecting Your Gums for a Healthy Smile

Gum disease is a major threat to your smile. In its early stages, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. At this point, it’s relatively easy to treat. But if gum disease remains unchecked, it can advance to the periodontitis stage, wreaking havoc on your smile.

Some common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gums shrink, making teeth appear larger
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Teeth fall out

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that grow by consuming plaque and tartar, so it’s essential to keep your smile clean with daily brushing and flossing and regular checkups with Dr. Leitner.

Gum Disease Treatments

Dr. Leitner features a variety of effective treatments for gum disease. We’ll clear away the infection, restoring the appearance of your gums. Dr. Leitner will go over your options with you, helping you find the most suitable treatment for your smile.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing, is a common treatment for gum disease. The first part of the procedure involves scaling, which means removing the plaque and tartar below your gum line.

The second part of the procedure, called root planing, smooths out the rough areas on the surface of your tooth roots. This helps keep bacteria and infection away from your roots, making it easier for your mouth to heal.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is an innovative treatment for gum disease. Dr. Leitner uses the PerioLase® system to clear away the infected portion of your gums.

Gum treatment with PerioLase offers a number of advantages when compared to traditional therapies. For example, you won’t have to worry about any cutting, stitching, or sharp objects in your mouth. Laser-Assisted Regeneration is safer, with less swelling, bleeding, and loss of gum tissue. Your recovery time will be faster as well.

To learn more about laser therapy and how Dr. Leitner utilizes it to treat gum disease, listen to his informative podcast here.


Soft Tissue Grafting

A gum graft is a treatment for gum recession that uses tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth to build up tissue where it has receded. If there’s been significant damage to the gums, some areas may need grafting to restore their appearance. A graft can cover the roots of your tooth to help keep future infection at bay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that feed on plaque and tartar in your mouth.

Gingivitis and periodontitis are two different stages of gum disease, a bacterial infection that makes your gums red, swollen, and susceptible to bleeding. Gingivitis often leads to periodontitis, a more severe form of the disease.

If left untreated, periodontitis results in pain, swelling, bad breath, and tooth loss. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

The American Dental Association recommends using Mouth Healthy therapeutic mouthwash that’s formulated to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease.

Healthy Gums for a Healthy Smile

Protecting your gums will help your smile last a lifetime. When you come in for your regular cleaning and exam, we’ll check your gums for disease and monitor the state of your oral health. 

If you develop gum disease, Dr. Leitner provides gentle and effective treatment to restore your gums to their best condition. To learn more, call our office at (616) 842-2850. Or fill out our easy contact form. A member of our team will be with you right away.