Dr. Pradeep Adatrow, DDS, MSD | Dr. James Kimmelman, DDS, MS
Southaven Location

399 Southcrest Court, Suite C Southaven, MS 38671

(662) 655-4868
Hernando Location

1150 Monteith Ave, Suite #100
Hernando, MS - 38632

(901) 609-7007

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a continuous bacterial infection in the gums and in the bone surrounding the teeth. Gum disease is a “quiet” disease affecting millions of Americans that usually progresses without pain or discomfort until it is severe. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been linked to serious health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.

As a board certified periodontist, Dr. Adatrow is highly trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease. He can remove the disease-causing bacteria, restore your oral health, and in many cases, reverse the damage that was caused by the disease.

Causes of Gum Disease

Although plaque accumulation and the resulting infection and inflammation is the principal cause of gum disease, there are several factors that make you more susceptible and can make the disease progress faster.

  • Systemic Health Problems — Health problems such as diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders may contribute to gum disease.
  • Poor Diet — Lack of proper nutrition may cause chronic adverse health symptoms, making you susceptible to gum disease.
  • Genetics — An estimated 50% of the population is genetically predisposed to gum disease.
  • Female Hormonal Changes — Hormonal changes can sometimes make the gums more sensitive and make it easier for gum disease to develop.
  • Smoking — A recent study indicates that the most damaging types of bacteria for gum health are found in smokers’ mouths.
  • Medications/Treatments for Other Health Problems — Some medications reduce the production and flow of saliva. Without enough saliva, the mouth is more vulnerable to gum disease. Certain treatments for diseases can weaken the resistance of the gums, or cause excess gum tissue to grow, which makes the gums and teeth harder to clean.
  • Poor Quality Dentistry — Bacteria can accumulate beneath poor-fitting bridges or crowns.

Gum Disease Symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should visit us and get a full examination. We will check if you have gum disease and if so, how severely it has progressed.

  • Consistent bad breath that will not go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than normal
  • Teeth that have shifted position
  • Loose teeth
  • An abscess coming from below the gumline

Stages of Gum Disease

Dr. Adatrow can determine the extent of periodontitis by gently measuring the depth of your gum pockets using a small probe.

  • Gingivitis — A bacterial infection of the gums only. There is some redness and non-painful swelling of the gums, and the gums may bleed when brushing. If the bacterial infection is fully treated by thorough cleaning, health can be easily restored.
  • Mild Periodontitis — The infection has started to destroy the ligament and bone surrounding the tooth. The gum pocket depth is greater than 3mm on up to 5 mm.
  • Moderate Periodontitis — The ligament bone supporting the tooth has been further lost. The gum pocket depth is now between 5 and 7mm.
  • Severe Periodontitis — Bone loss has become severe, and pocket depth is 7mm or greater. Teeth can become loose at this point and may have to be removed.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a preferred tooth-replacement option for many dentists and patients alike. Compared to other restorative treatments, they are a permanent solution that provides the function and appearance of a natural tooth. To learn more, visit our Dental Implants page.

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TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is responsible for opening and closing your mouth. When there are issues with this joint, it is called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD for short. Our team can examine your joints and muscles to determine whether you have the condition and how severe it is. We will then create a personalized plan out of the variety of treatment options available to help you find relief. To learn more, visit our TMJ/TMD page.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses many different treatments that alter your teeth and/or gums to improve your smile. Advanced Dental & TMJ Center also provides full-mouth restorations, which combine various restorative and cosmetic procedures to get you an attractive smile.

Porcelain veneers are very thin sheets of porcelain that we bond to your teeth to change their shape, size, or color. Before placing veneers, we must prepare your tooth by removing a very small amount of enamel. This ensures that your tooth retains proper function.
Lumineers are similar to traditional veneers, but they don’t require any tooth reduction since they are made of ultra-thin material. The Lumineers procedure is also completely reversible.
With laser dentistry, we can remove small portions of your gum tissue to reveal more of your tooth and leave you with a more attractive smile. If your gums are too low (causing a “gummy smile”) or too high, gum recontouring can give you a more even gum line.

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Dental bonding is a process that involves applying composite resin to discolored, short, broken, or cracked teeth. The resin material is tooth-colored so it matches your natural tooth’s appearance.
Crown lengthening is the process of removing gum tissue and/or bone to expose more of your tooth. This is a necessary procedure when there is not enough tooth material to place a filling or crown.

If you are dealing with gum recession, where your gum tissue is pulling away from the tooth, soft tissue grafting can repair the damage before it becomes serious.


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What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix?

  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Uneven gum lines
  • Gummy smiles

Laser Dentistry

Laser technology will completely transform the way you think about oral surgery. Lasers replace the need for drills and shots, and they are accurate, precise tools that are useful for a variety of dental procedures.

    Laser dentistry offers a number of benefits, including:
  • More comfortable and efficient appointments
  • No scalpels or sutures
  • Remarkable precision with less damage to healthy tissue
  • Fewer follow-up visits
  • Very little bleeding in many cases
  • Reduction in bacteria in gums and in cavities
  • Faster healing times
  • Longer-lasting results
    We use laser dentistry to:
  • Treat gum disease
  • Remove/reshape gum tissue for cosmetic or restorative procedures
  • Perform biopsies
  • Whiten teeth
  • Heal infections in root canals

Sedation Dentistry

Millions of people throughout the country have fears about visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry is a way for anxious patients to overcome their fears of the dentist and feel more relaxed and comfortable while getting treatment.

At Advanced Dental & TMJ Center, we offer a number of sedation dentistry techniques that can put you in a very relaxed state. We are also the only dentist in the area that provides IV sedation.


Additional Dental Services

We also offer a wide variety of services for comprehensive dental care. Contact our office for more information!

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