Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Understanding the Stages of Gum Disease

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Family dentistry professionals see the unfortunate results of gum disease every day. Because so many people fail to seek an affordable dentist and get regular dental care, many eventually lose their teeth to periodontal disease. The early symptoms of gum disease are manageable with conservative treatments, but once the damage progresses, more invasive and expensive dental care measures are necessary. To understand how damage occurs, take a closer look at the different stages of gum disease.

Gingivitis: How It Begins

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum tissue that supports the teeth. Symptoms include red, swollen gums and bleeding during brushing and flossing. It’s typically a result of poor dental care, which leads to the accumulation of plaque and tartar. Gingivitis can usually be reversed if treated promptly, but any untreated inflammation can progress to periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease: The Next Stage

While gingivitis is the infection and inflammation of the gums only, periodontal disease occurs when the condition affects the bone below the gums. In periodontal disease, gums recede and deep pockets of infection form. As the condition progresses, teeth may loosen and fall out.

Treatment for Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis usually responds well to a strict dental care regimen, which includes frequent brushing, daily flossing, and medicated mouth rinses. When it has progressed to periodontal disease, more invasive and intensive professional dental care is required, such as root planing or scaling to remove hardened tartar. In severe cases of periodontal disease, gum surgery is required to repair damage and reduce the size of infected pockets. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed, as well.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS. 

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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