Everyone associates the dentist with teeth, but let’s not forget about the gums. The gums play an important role in maintaining your oral health by protecting your teeth and the structures that hold them in place. When your gums become diseased, it can cause serious health problems, including tooth loss and jaw bone deterioration. This condition is known as periodontal (gum) disease, and it affects half of American adults aged 30 and older.
At Schererville Family Dentistry, our doctors have the experience and expertise to prevent and treat gum disease. Drs. Alavanja and Pieters work with patients of all ages to improve gum health through advanced preventative care and treatment.
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What Is Periodontal Treatment?
At Schererville Family Dentistry, our dentists routinely provide treatment to prevent and treat gum disease. The type of treatment recommended will depend largely on the severity of the patient’s condition. In the early stages, improved oral hygiene and routine cleanings may be sufficient to halt mild symptoms of gum disease. For more severe cases, our doctors offer services that involve an advanced cleaning and removal of deep bacterial deposits in the gums to stop, and in some cases even reverse, the infection.
Why Is Periodontal Work Important?
Diseased gums will not improve on their own. In fact, gum disease often gets worse over time, and professional care is essential to stop the disease’s progression. As periodontal disease progresses, gum pockets get deeper, creating sites for bacterial infections. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, then it is important to start treatment with a professional right away to stop the infection and preserve your healthy teeth.
In addition to the damage periodontal disease can cause to your mouth, research shows a strong connection between gum disease and other systemic health problems in the body, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Periodontal treatment is not only important, it is critical to maintaining your total body health.
Periodontal Services We Offer
At Schererville Family Dentistry, our doctors and hygienists offers techniques to restore health to the tissues that support the teeth and prevent tooth loss.
Learn more below:
- Oral hygiene education. Our doctors and hygienists communicate the importance of proper brushing and flossing with our patients as a key way to combat gum disease.
- Professional cleanings. Patients should visit our office at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and exam. During these visits, we can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and along the gum line to prevent inflammation.
- Scaling and root planing. This type of deep cleaning uses a special cleaning device to remove plaque, tartar and bacterial toxins from your teeth. We then smooth the rough surface of the tooth to provide a healthy, clean surface for the gum tissue to adhere to the tooth.
- Periodontal surgery. When the diseased gums have progressed beyond nonsurgical care, periodontal surgery may be necessary. These surgical procedures may include one or more of the following: soft tissue grafting, crown lengthening, gingival flap surgery and tissue regeneration.
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If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or have any symptoms of gum disease, contact our practice today to schedule an appointment with a skilled periodontal treatment provider. Early detection and treatment are key to stopping the progression of the infection and saving your teeth. Together, we can work to create a treatment plan that sets you up for a lifetime of good gum health.