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. 

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Patient Reviews
Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to spare. […]
Donald B.
Caring doctor & timely appointments
Robert B.
Professional services and received everything needed.
Albert U.
Being terrified of the dentist, I have never ever said this before, but I had a very pleasant dental experience with Dr. Machlus,, and this was for a root canal,,, not an easy thing to walk away from […]
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Consistent quality care
Jonathan R.
Everyone is so nice..No waiting..
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I was completely satisfied with the service that I received. The doctor and his staff were very friendly and professional. The waiting room was comfortable and the magazine selection was good. Also , […]
Andre S.
Fast, compassionate care.
Arthur V.
Very nice people and the practice runs very efficiently.
Santiago R.
Convenient times, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Have not had to wait more than 5 minutes for any of my numerous appointments.
Daniel S.
Everyone was professional and very friendly. They also did great work.
Scott S.
Great hygienist. Friendly staff. Dr Finkleman is very thorough and easy to talk with.
Lynn L.
Have always had a pleasant experience there. They keep you well-informed as to work being done and are respectful of people’s sensitivity pertaining to visiting the dentist.
Crystal S.
I have been using your dental service for over 45 years and have worked with Dr. Elkins and now Dr. Finkelman – a couple times with Dr. Machlus. They have been very professional and have met my […]
James A.
Best dentist I’ve ever been too. They were always ready for me when I came there in time.
Scott S.
Doctor was thorough. Hygienist was easy to work with.
Audrey R.
My hygenist is wonderful. Friendly, efficient and painless. Everyone here is really nice.
Gilbert C.
Great dentists and dental hygienists there! They communicate with you as to what they are about to do or what needs to be done so there are no surprises. They take care to put your mind at ease and […]
Crystal S.
The entire staff was so friendly. I was seen within an hour of calling for an emergency appointment!
Michelle E.
They are very friendly, kind and professional and make you feel at ease, they also take the time to explain everything.
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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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