Gum Disease Treatment in Indianapolis
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, starts its attack at the gum line. When plaque is left on teeth, it hardens to become tartar which travels under the gum to destroy tissue, tooth roots and bone. Dr. Richard Stuart offers gum disease treatment at his Indianapolis dental office to help patients regain oral health and protect dentition.
During the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, most people are not aware they have it. Not everyone experiences the signs and symptoms of the disease until it has moved into the second stage, periodontitis. As most cases are developed from a lack of at home dental care and avoiding biyearly professional cleanings, Dr. Stuart and his team work to inform patients about the gum disease prevention techniques necessary to keep the need for treatment at bay. Some patients are at risk of gum disease from certain medications, tobacco use, pregnancy and diabetes.
Signs of developing gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- New spacing between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the teeth and gums
- Receding gums
- Red and puffy gums
- Tenderness or Discomfort
When gum disease is left alone, patients put their dentition and physical health at risk. The disease will eventually loosen the tooth and put the patients at risk of tooth loss. As the infection moves into the bloodstream to potentially affect systemic disease like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, bacterial pneumonia and diabetes.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Gingivitis can be treated at home with improved dental care and a visit to the dentist for professional cleaning. But when the disease has had an opportunity to move under the gum line, forming pockets as the soft tissue pulls away from the tooth, professional intervention is required. Deep cleanings are performed by the hygienist. Through root planing and scaling, the hygienist is able to remove the bacteria and debris to help return dental health. Because the gum has pulled away from the tooth, patients with gum disease will need to continue maintenance cleanings to prevent the recurrence of periodontitis.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or it has been more than six months since a professional cleaning, contact our Indianapolis dental office to schedule an appointment.