Gum Disease Treatment - Periodontist - Oakland County MI

The Stages of Gum Disease

Treat gum disease

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can affect 50 percent of the adult population and, in most cases, it is a sign of a bacterial and parasitic oral infection. Below are some of the characteristics of each of the stages of gum disease.

Healthy Gums:

  • The gums are pink
  • The edge of the gum adheres to the teeth
  • No bleeding


  • The gums bleed easily
  • Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth occur
  • The gums are reddish in color

Early Periodontitis:

  • Gums recede
  • Bleeding is more pronounced
  • Radiography shows a slight bone deterioration
  • A 4 mm pocket appears around the teeth

Moderate Periodontitis:

  • Abscesses can develop around the teeth and gums recede
  • Radiography shows angular bone deterioration
  • The pockets reach 5-6 mm

Advanced Periodontitis:

  • Teeth begin to loosen
  • The pockets now reach 7+ mm
  • The bone shows significant deterioration

Gum disease can be predictably treated with a non-invasive option that involves a laser and a microscope.

Please contact our office at 248-357-3100 to learn more about the steps that can be taken to eliminate periodontal disease.