Grand Rapids Periodontal Disease and Treatments

Serving Grandville and Grand Rapids

Signs of Periodontal Disease 


    • Bleeding gums

    • Swollen, tender, red gums

    • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth

    • Persistent bad breath

    • Loose permanent teeth

    • Shifting bite

Periodontal Disease and

Gum Disease Treatments

Grand Rapids Dental Partners makes every effort to diagnose and treat periodontal disease at its earliest stages. We routinely evaluate the health of the gums, looking for areas impacted by infection.

Equally important, we measure the depth of the gap between the gums and teeth, called a pocket. As infection destroys the bone around teeth, these pockets get deeper, losing support for the teeth.

Like any disease, the earlier periodontal disease is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. When therapy is initiated early, the treatment is much easier and the prognosis is excellent.

Our goal is to treat periodontal disease non-surgically, so early intervention is important. If you do have any of the following warning signs, contact us for an appointment soon.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Healthy Gums

  • Gums have healthy pink color
  • Gum line hugs teeth tightly
  • No bleeding


  • Gums bleed easily when brushed or when probed gently during an exam
  • Gums are inflamed and sensitive to touch
  • Possible bad breath and bad taste in the mouth
  • Gums between teeth may look bluish-red in color

Early Periodontitis

  • Gums may begin to pull away from the teeth
  • Bleeding, puffiness, and inflammation more pronounced
  • Bad breath and bad taste
  • Slight loss of bone, horizontally on X-ray
  • Pockets of 3-4 mm between teeth and gums in one or more areas of the mouth

Moderate Periodontitis

  • Gum boils or abscesses may develop
  • Teeth look longer as gums begin to recede
  • Front teeth may begin to drift, showing spaces
  • Bad breath and bad taste
  • Both horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray
  • Pockets between teeth and gums range from 4-6 mm deep

Advanced Periodontitis

  • Teeth may become mobile or loose
  • Bad breath and bad taste are constant
  • Roots may be exposed and are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Severe horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray
  • Both horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray

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Patients come first – we provide excellent Dental services that incorporate innovation and technology.


Why Choose Us


Experienced Doctors

Our doctors have been practicing dentistry for a over 20 years combined.


Scheduling Convenience

Our Grand Rapids dental team will schedule you for your dental appointment when it fits into your schedule.


Part of Your Community

We are a small business, that is family owned and operated.  Grand Rapids Dental Partners loves serving the Grand Rapids and Grandville communities.  You will often find our team volunteering after office hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, we are accepting new patients in Grandville.  If you’re in need of Preventative Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Sleep Apnea Treatments, and other dental services – Grand Rapids Dental Partners is here to help!

What insurance do you accept?

We’re in-network with Delta Dental of Michigan and can bill most other insurances. Our staff is happy to answer any of your insurance questions and we offer a complementary benefits check, or pre-authorization as needed.

Why should I choose Grand Rapids Dental Partners?

Our philosophy is to never stop learning our dentists and the team continually adopts successful techniques and treatments as they evolve, providing our patients with the best possible care.

The team of dentists and hygienists at Grand Rapids Dental Partners are proud to be your source of quality dental care. With offices located in Grand Rapids, and Grandville, MI, we can see and treat patients with a variety of procedures. To further improve your oral health, we welcome you to contact our dentist office today to learn more about our treatment options or to schedule an appointment!

What should I do in a dental emergency?

If you find yourself in a dental emergency, please call or email our office as soon as possible.  We will do everything we can to help you in your time of need.

What should I do if I lose a dental crown?

Depending on what type of dental crown you have, things happen, and they can fall out on a rare occasion.  If your crown does fall out, please try to keep it, and bring it with you to your appointment.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that prevents the body from getting enough oxygen during sleep. People with sleep apnea stop breathing for brief periods of time while sleeping. The most common form of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The name comes from throat blockage that is caused by the tongue or palate.

Dr. Josh Smith is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and, in collaboration with the local sleep centers at Spectrum Health and Metro Health, he remains up to date on the latest treatments for sleep apnea.

Does Grand Rapids Dental Partners offer periodontal disease treatments?

Yes, we offer Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment options at your dental cleanings.  Our goal is to treat periodontal disease non-surgically and our routine hygiene appointments can help with intervention.

Do you offer Botox in your office?

If you are interested in boosting your appearance to look younger without undergoing cosmetic surgery, you may want to consider getting Botox injections. Botox injections are non-invasive, outpatient treatments used to alleviate issues related to aging. The doctors and assistants here at Grand Rapids Dental Partners offer safe and convenient Botox injections for patients throughout the CascadeGrand Rapids, and Grandville, MI areas.

What should I do if mine, or my child’s tooth, is knocked out?

Should a tooth get knocked out please contact our office as soon as possible.  We know it can be scary, but try not to panic, we will do everything we can to help you with your knocked out tooth and discuss options and recommendations based on your circumstances.

What should I do if I crack a tooth?

Grand Rapids Dental Partners understand that a cracked tooth is painful!  Please contact us to give us details on your cracked tooth right away!

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