Gum Disease Therapy

Gum disease can lead to many dental problems including gum discomfort, loose teeth and even tooth loss. If you are dealing with symptoms of gum disease in the Sellersburg, IN area, our team can help! Call our team or schedule a visit online today!

What is Gum Disease?

The beginning stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. The main symptom of gingivitis is red, swollen gums. This can be easily overlooked, which is why it is our suggestion that you visit your dentist every six months to detect early signs of gum disease so it can be addressed right away. Without treatment, gum disease can continue to worsen and eventually lead to periodontitis. Symptoms of periodontitis may include bad breath, bleeding gums, painful chewing and sensitive teeth. We offer a variety of gum disease treatments. Your dentist will recommend the best treatment based on the condition of your gums.

Gum Disease Treatment

  • Scaling & Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is a common treatment used to address the symptoms of gum disease. First, scaling is used to clean above and below the gumline to remove bacteria and tartar buildup. Root planing is then performed to smooth the gums, preventing bacteria from developing and encouraging the gums to reattach to the teeth.
  • Gum Disease Medications: There are different medications that can be given to address gum disease. Depending on your needs, your dentist can recommend the best medication for improving your smile. 
  • Osseous Surgery: Osseous surgery, often referred to as pocket reduction surgery, removes the bacteria in the pockets surrounding the teeth. The surgery also repairs any damaged bone. This surgery can be very successful in treating gum disease and halting further damage.
  • Bone & Gum Grafting: Gum disease can cause loss of bone and soft supporting tissues. Also called regenerative surgery, this treatment works by recreating the lost bone and supporting tissues. This is performed by a trained and experienced periodontist and can be effective in restoring a smile and improving oral health. 
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