The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that half of Americans 30 or older have periodontitis.
Many patients who visit our Greenwood family dentistry near Indianapolis, fall within a spectrum of periodontal disease, ranging from an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to a chronic disease of the gums and bone (periodontitis). Gum disease can affect children and adult patients and is commonly caused by a lack of diligent oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and visiting our dentist in Greenwood biannually is essential for keeping your gums healthy.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
It is common to experience little or no symptoms or obvious signs of gum disease until it has progressed and spread. As gum disease progresses, the gums become inflamed and pull away from the teeth. Patients often experience bleeding gums, shifting of teeth or even tooth loss. For this reason, regular visits to the dentist are best for preventing and managing gum disease.
Periodontitis, the more advanced form of gum disease, is a leading dental and systemic health concern. Treating gum disease in the earliest stage (gingivitis) is ideal for preventing secondary health concerns from developing.
Gum Disease May Increase Risk Of:
Gum disease can progress quickly and spread to the bloodstream, affecting the health of your entire being. Patients with advanced gum disease are more prone to a wide range of health conditions.
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Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
Dr. David Goris offers several treatment options for periodontal disease. If you have early signs of periodontal disease, Dr. Goris may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health or make the best personalized recommendations for oral hygiene products such as antibacterial rinse.
If more intensive treatment is needed, Dr. Goris may recommend a form of periodontal therapy known as scaling and root planning. Scaling and root planning is deep teeth cleaning that reaches the deep pockets of the gums. During this procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum allowing them to begin healing.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease that have begun to affect the stability and structure of the jaw bone may require more intense treatment or oral surgery. Dr. Goris may refer you to a local periodontist for treatment.
Plaque is constantly forming in the mouth. If it is not removed daily by brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. Bacteria thrives in this environment and over time, it can develop into gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis can progress into an infection, destroy gum tissue and eventually degrade bone to the point that teeth can become loose or missing.
The best way to fight gum disease is prevention. Dr. Goris encourages patients to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Regular visits to our Greenwood dentist office will also help reduce your risk for developing gum disease.
Another important step to preventing gum disease is having a healthy diet. This means limiting sodas, sweets and snacks between meals. Drinking water will also help reduce bacteria in the mouth.
Yes. Most dental insurance providers will cover part, or all, of the cost of periodontal treatments. This includes treatment for gingivitis, periodontitis, and bleeding gums. Be sure to contact your insurance provider for details. You can also give us a call for more information regarding insurance coverage.
No. Periodontal treatments are not painful. Treatment for gingivitis is like getting a deep gum massage that will leave your gums free of harmful bacteria. There is some gum sensitivity after the treatment process, but it can be addressed with common pain medication like Tylenol, or Ibuprofen.