What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious infection that affects the gums and bone that provide maximum health and support to the teeth. Caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar in the mouth, this chronic disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss. There is often no indication you are suffering from this painless and silent infection.REQUEST APPOINTMENT
Symptoms of periodontal disease
Symptoms of periodontal disease can cause a multitude of problems, including:
- Swollen and bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Damage to vital bone structure
- Loose, painful, or loss of teeth
Stages of Periodontitis
The first line of defense against periodontitis is scheduling regular six-month dental checkups. This helps keep bacteria in the mouth at bay and allows Dr. Wood to perform a routine periodontal exam, exposing the disease before it can progress any further. It is also essential to brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent this destructive disease.
- Stage 1: Healthy teeth and gums
- Stage 2: Gingivitis caused by plaque buildup and leading to inflammation and bleeding of gums.
- Stage 3: Periodontitis which causes periodontal pockets and moderate bone loss.
- Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis resulting in severe bone loss, deep periodontal pockets, and eventual tooth loss.
Periodontal Treatment For Optimal Health
Treating periodontal disease prevents bacteria associated with this infection from spreading throughout the rest of your body. There is well-documented research linking periodontal infections to heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and other inflammatory conditions.
Thorough periodontal disease treatment depends on the type and severity of the infection. If the disease is caught early, one or two dental cleanings may be sufficient. In more advanced stages, a procedure called periodontal scaling and planing will be necessary.
Schedule Your Periodontal Appointment Today
Contact our team today to take the next step towards optimal oral health. Request an appointment by calling (317) 844-0592. Located in Carmel, IN, our office gladly serves Fishers, Zionsville, and all neighboring areas. Our dental team focuses on overall oral health with our wide range of services – cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, restorative care, full mouth rehabilitation, TMD & TMJ treatment, sleep apnea treatment, and cleanings and exams.