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Iowa Dental Group

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General Information on Gum Disease

Whether it is due to poor at-home oral care, or missing too many trips to the dentist, patients can accumulate tartar and plaque both above, at and even blow the gum line. When this is the case, your gums may become infected, leading to the need for a deep cleaning or other treatments to resolve the issues. By understanding gum disease, you can better understand the importance of proper at-home care, and regular trips to the dentist.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) occurs when bacteria accumulates at and below the gum line. This causes inflammation and—if left untreated—can even lead to a patient losing their teeth and sustaining damage to the jawbone.

What Are the Degrees of Periodontal Disease?

Like with many other medical illnesses, the earlier you catch and treat periodontal disease, the better the likelihood of you making a full recovery. Here are the different degrees of periodontal disease, and what defines them:

Gingivitis

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. This is the most common, and is easily treated. At this point, a patient has plaque accumulating at and below the gum line that needs to be cleaned—generally with a scaling and root planing procedure.

Periodontitis

The next stage of periodontal disease is periodontitis. This is when the disease starts to become more serious—and where more severe damage may occur. Pockets will often form below the gum line, and the bones and fiber that hold the teeth in place may be compromised—possibly even beyond a point in which they can be repaired.

Advanced Periodontitis

At this point, a patient will have damage that is irreparable. A dentist will provide procedures that are forms of damage control, and procedures to help the patient to avoid the periodontal disease from getting worse. They will also treat the disease—although they may not be able to fix the damage that has been done to the teeth and jawbone. Patients may lose bone tissue and may lose teeth.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

In order to stop the gum disease from advancing, it’s important to understand the symptoms of gum disease. The earlier you catch the disease, the easier it will be to treat. Here are a few signs to look out for:

  • Red Gums
  • Swollen Gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Bleeding Gums (Including During Brushing)
  • Pus
  • Loose Teeth
  • Receding Gums

Some of these are signs of gingivitis, while others are signs of a more advanced form of periodontal disease.

Visiting Your Dentist

Whether you simply have red and swollen gums or you can feel your teeth becoming loose, it’s extremely important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Do not wait until the damage gets any worse!

With proper care (and sometimes a deep cleaning), gingivitis is treatable. For more advanced gum disease, speak with your dentist about treatment options. Also, make sure to have your next cleaning and checkup in the books to avoid periodontal disease entirely.

Iowa Dental Group offers periodontal therapy and treatments. Contact us today to find out more.

Interested in learning more about Gum Disease? Here's some information on how to cure it.

Our Award Winning Services

Patients will be educated on the type of dentistry they need and will never feel pressured or receive any sales pitch to have treatment.

You will always know the fee before treatment is performed.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

Teeth Whitening

Restorative Care

Dental Implants

Dental Bridges

Root Canal Therapy

Dentures

Children's Dentistry

Periodontal Care

Dental Emergencies

Family Dentistry

Night Guards

Snoring Appliances

Extractions

Actual Patient Reviews

We have so many terrific reviews it's impossible for us to list them all! Thanks for supporting Iowa Dental Group with your gratitude.

Dr. Bob always goes the extra mile. He consistently demonstrates that his primary concern is for the patient and their well being!read more
Mary Terry
Mary Terry
14:36 27 Apr 17
Dr. Bob and Dr. Brett are great! Always willing to listen and ready to get my problems solved.
Doug Messenger
Doug Messenger
20:28 16 May 17
I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Margeas for a small cosmetic issue with a tooth from a recommendation from my current Dentist. I have heard from many people (including my own dentist) that he was the best in cosmetic dentistry any where in the mid-west. My consultation was this morning. He was totally upfront about what he thinks the best route is for me and my teeth. I felt totally comfortable with his recommendations and confident in his abilities. I've been to an other dentist about this same issue years ago and it didn't feel right. Now that I've had the consultation with Dr. Margeas, I'm excited to finally move forward with fixing it. Every staff member was very welcoming and pleasant. It was a really nice place to be with a great energy there. If I didn't like my normal dentist so much, I'd absolutely become a regular there! Maybe I'll pop in for an extra cleaning or something. I'm happy to have found Dr. Margeas and his staff to help me correct my cosmetic issue. I highly recommend this business!read more
Brittany Reed
Brittany Reed
21:45 06 Feb 17
I was a bit worried going from my family dentist of over 12 years to a new provider, but they made me feel right at home immediately. Everyone was so friendly and wonderful. Already looking forward to going back in 6 months. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone!read more
Sarah Bailey
Sarah Bailey
01:09 22 Jul 16
Had my first appointment with Dr. Margeas and his operation is absolutely first class. All of his staff were wonderful, I was in and out in a short amount of time and felt very satisfied. I'm so thankful to have been recommended to try out Iowa Dental Group and would absolutely recommend them to anyone!read more
David Kinsley
David Kinsley
14:55 12 Aug 16
Competent, professional service! If you need dental work, this is the place to be👍😊
VeeAnn Cartwright
VeeAnn Cartwright
21:43 15 Aug 17
From the moment I arrived to the moment I left I felt me and my teeth were in great hands. The whole team is so kind, and my dentist was fantastic. I originally went in wanting veneers, keep in mind I am overly critical of my smile and teeth, and it was all I knew. My dentist educated me that he did not think veneers were the best choice for me, and gave me a much better option which costed about 6 times less than what veneers would have. He is a great dentist because he won't just do what makes him the most money, he does what is best for the patient. I just got done with my appointment and I could not be more overjoyed with my results. Thank you Iowa Dental Group team!:)read more
Caitlin Verette
Caitlin Verette
16:36 25 Sep 17
My daughter and I had a wonderful experience! The entire staff was very welcoming and Dr. Margeas was fantastic to work with! We learned so much from him and he made us feel comfortable with all the options.read more
Nicole Ritland
Nicole Ritland
23:58 06 Dec 17
First and foremost, Dr Margeas is world renowned in the field of dentistry. He is considered one of the premier educators with practical application for clinicians everywhere. As a teacher he practices what he preaches by taking the most conservative approach for the patient with long term application and not for short term gain. Today I expected to have a crown done on tooth 30 which is perfectly acceptable to most clinicians. However, Dr Margeas was able to take the conservative approach without compromise of the tooth and provided a composite solution which should last a long time, holding off the need of a crown. Again the crown would have been acceptable. The staff, Dr Margeas, the complete experience is why he is one of the best globally and most caring dentist I have been associated.read more
Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson
21:54 12 Feb 18
Dr. Margeas is amazing in so many ways. First of all—he is brilliant! His knowledge in the field of dentistry cannot be matched. And he is articulate. He can communicate with his patients at any level. But more than that, he is a sincere person who really cares about the world and the people in it—he is genuine in his concern for each patient and is really interested in each of their lives. The entire team at IDG is always so positive and makes the visit a comfortable and pleasant experience. Thank you, Dr. Margeas!read more
Carol Dahlstrom
Carol Dahlstrom
00:51 13 Feb 18
Dr Margeas is one of the best dentists I have ever worked with. His ability with implants and cosmetic dentistry is world class. Not only the best of the best dentists but also an outstanding human being, I have known him for over 12 years and highly look up to him, in both work related business and everyday liferead more
Freddy Char
Freddy Char
23:53 14 Feb 18
On behalf of my wife this review: Dr Margeas along with his assistant Jana, are the two most incredible people and team I have ever worked with. My case was very extensive to include five crowns and ten veneers. Never in my life have I been able to bite like I can now. My teeth fit perfectly. The esthetics they achieved with the lab are completely natural looking. Dr. Margeas is a world renowned dentist, who by his demeanor, you would never know. Humble, kind and gracious don't even explain him or his skills. Forever, I am indebted to his team for the incredible work that he did on my case. Know with absolute confidence that Dr. Margeas and Jana will treat you with the best care possible with results exceeding expectations.read more
Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson
12:51 12 Jun 18

Our Location

Iowa Dental Group prides ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee.

Iowa Dental Group

1233 63rd Street
Des Moines, Ia 50311
(515) 277-6358


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Office Hours

We have over 100 years of combined experience in our office and look forward to answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding your overall oral health.

Iowa Dental Group proudly serves the following areas.

Office Hours
Monday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday:Closed
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed