Gum Disease

The biggest cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, which destroys the bone around the tooth and can lead to pain and eventual loss. Regular dental exams help identify gum disease early and prevent its more painful and permanent effect.

Fort Des Moines Dental treats gum disease through regular cleanings, but the most severe cases require surgical therapy or grafts with a periodontist.

Service Snapshot


Approx. Appt. Time

1 hour as part of regular cleanings

Appt. Frequency

Every 6 months

Healing Time

None, some sensitivity to be expected

Our Patients

“Been coming here since 1984 and very pleased with all the care we have received since then. A delightful and professional group of dentist, hygienists and support staff.”

Vera G.

“I love my smile! The flexible trays that Dr. Patrick made for me made my teeth shine. It was so easy and quick, I’m just upset I didn’t start going to Fort Des Moines Dental five years ago.”

Elizabeth R.

Interested in Learning More?

Appointments + Insurance

515.287.5400

M 8 AM – 5 PM
T 8 AM – 5 PM
W 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
TH 8 AM – 5 PM
F 7 AM – 12 PM

Closed Saturday & Sunday

We file to all insurance companies but, we participate with the following: Delta Dental (Premier), Blue Dental, Cigna, Humana, United Concordia, Ameritas, Guardian, Principal, and Dentamax.

Got questions?

Stop on by, give us a call or send us a message and we’ll gladly attend to your needs.