Periodontal Disease Therapy

Your smile reflects the health of your entire body. The gums are an especially integral part of your oral health system, as they keep teeth in place and provide the nutrients they need to stay strong, fit, and beautiful. Issues starting at the gums can turn into greater complications in the future if left untreated.

Dowden Family Dentistry is diligent in helping patients stay orally healthy and happy throughout their lifetime. Staying ahead of issues like the onset of gingivitis and advanced periodontal disease is vital to maintaining optimal oral health. Contact our office and schedule a consultation to go over your options for gum disease treatment in Fisher.


3 Common FAQs About Gum Disease Treatment

While it’s essential to seek professional treatment if you have gum disease, it can be just as important to understand what it is and how it can be prevented. Continue reading to discover more!

What is Gum Disease and How is it Caused?

Gum disease is an oral infection that attacks the gums, tissues, and ligaments responsible for holding teeth in place. Gum (periodontal) disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults. Because the condition is usually painless in its earliest stage and progresses slowly, many individuals may not even know they have it.

Gum infection can be the result of years’ worth of improper oral hygiene, undergoing certain cancer treatments, genetics, smoking, and a poor diet.

In its earliest stage, also known as gingivitis, gum disease can often be reversed. As the infection progresses, it becomes less about curing it and more about eliminating disease and maintaining your gum health. Once gum disease develops into periodontitis, it becomes more destructive and can result in tooth loss, bone deterioration, and lead to other serious health concerns.

Gum disease, like many oral health issues, can typically be prevented. Here’s what you can do to keep your teeth, gums, and smile healthy:

  • Brush teeth thoroughly for two minutes, twice a day
  • Floss teeth every day
  • Rinse with an approved mouthwash
  • Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco products
  • Limit drinking of alcohol
  • Visit the dentist every six months for cleanings and exams

Advanced Gum Treatment

According to data published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of people in the United States suffer from some form of periodontal disease, making it one of the most common dental disorders. Signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Red and tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Difficulty chewing and speaking normally
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Development of infection

If you suspect you or a loved one may have periodontal disease, visiting a dentist can greatly improve the chances of reversing damage and restoring oral health. Additionally, catching signs of periodontal disease before it advances can greatly improve the longevity of teeth and prevent many common issues associated with gum disease, like tooth decay, bad breath, and tooth loss.

Your Options for Periodontal Treatment

As with many treatments, no one procedure works for everyone. We offer a series of treatment options to target differing levels of periodontal disease.

Periodontal Prophylaxis

If you just start showing signs of gingivitis, it’s important to take preventive measure to avoid advanced complications. Professional treatment targets the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease and encourages the gums to heal naturally.

Scaling and Root Planing

When tartar and plaque buildup reach below the gum line scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is the best option. This treatment removes this calcium buildup and smooths the surface of the tooth to avoid future buildup and allow the gums to reattach to the teeth.

Periodontal Surgical Care

Also known as gum flap surgery, this procedure removes diseased tissue and bacteria before restoring the gums using biocompatible soft tissue material. This treatment stimulates bone and gum tissue growth, reestablishing your oral health.

Contact Us

We are excited to help you improve your health and restore your smile. We provide gingival treatment and advanced periodontal disease therapy for patients across Hamilton and Marion Counties. Call our practice to schedule an appointment to go over your options for gum disease treatment in Fisher.



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