Iowa Dental Group

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Iowa Dental Group

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Treatments for Gum Disease

Are your gums starting to get red and puffy? Do they bleed when you brush and/or floss? If so, you may be suffering from periodontal disease.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease—also known as periodontal disease—is simply inflammation in the gum line caused by a buildup of plaque. There three main stages of gum disease, which include:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis

The earlier periodontal disease is caught, the less chances there will be of irreparable damage. Gingivitis, for instance, is easily reversed. Periodontitis is where real damage is done to the gums, teeth and jaw bone. Once it gets to the point of advanced periodontitis, you can expect massive damage that can be difficult—if not impossible—to reverse. This is why it’s important to handle gum disease while it is still in its early stages.

Gum Disease Treatment: Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing—also known as a deep cleaning—is a common procedure for the treatment of gum disease. It is a simple procedure that your dentist should be able to perform in one visit.

The scaling process of the procedure involves the plaque, tartar and debris being removed from under the gum line. This is done with specialized tools, like an ultrasonic cleaner or a small scaler. From there, the surface of the tooth’s root is smoothed. This is the planing process. This helps with the healing of the gum tissue, as well as the prevention of plaque accumulation after the procedure.

Gum Disease Treatment: Surgery

If periodontal disease is more severe, surgery may be necessary to prevent tooth loss. This surgery may require the assistance of a specialist. Surgery will help the dentist to clear away harder to reach areas in which plaque and tartar have built up. In some cases, a soft tissue graft may be needed to repair lost gum tissue.

Gum Disease Treatment: Regular Care

One of the best ways to treat gum disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. By scheduling regular trips to the dentist every six months, you can avoid the buildup of plaque and tartar. This will help to put a halt to the plaque and tartar spreading below the gum line. Even with regular visits to the dentist, though, you still may have the risk of developing gum disease if you aren’t properly caring for your teeth at home. It isn’t the responsibility of your dentist to keep your teeth clean between visits! Instead, you’ll want to make sure that you are brushing, flossing and rinsing at least twice a day.

It’s also important to schedule an appointment between visits if you notice any inflammation, redness or any other issues with your teeth or gums. Remember: the earlier you handle any tooth decay or gum disease, the better chances you have of only needing a minor procedure for repair. The longer you allow the issue to persist, the worse it will get! Schedule an appointment with your dentist for gum disease treatment if your gums are showing any signs of gum disease.

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

Interested in learning more about Gum Disease? Here's a little more about what it is exactly.

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