While cavities are bad news, they aren’t the leading cause of tooth loss. That distinction goes to gum disease (periodontal disease). Because it can cause such extreme dental damage, we take nonsurgical gum disease treatment very seriously in our Jeffersonville, IN dentist office.Gum Disease Treatment at Kirchner Dental Read Transcript
When you come in for your exam, we're going to look at the gums. We're looking at multiple things. Probably the biggest thing that we're looking at is the presence of infection. Gum disease is an infection. The bacteria and the plaque mix on your teeth and becomes attached to it. The body sees it as something foreign, and it wants to get rid of it, so it creates inflammation. That causes bone loss, and it's a cycle. It's a leading cause for tooth loss. The way that you treat gum disease is with gum therapy. It's a very easy procedure. The hygienist has a special instrument. It vibrates, and it shoots out water. It removes the infection. It also conditions the teeth so that the infection doesn't build up as easily.
We check for signs of disease during every examination. If we find any, we remove the bacteria that causes gum disease with a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. It will:
- Help eliminate bacteria from above and below your gumline
- Improve your oral health
- Prevent the bacteria from spreading elsewhere in your body
- Stop bleeding gums and other unpleasant symptoms
- Restore your gums’ healthy pink appearance
To get your gums in great shape, call Kirchner Dental at 812-913-6093.
Technology Keeps Your Periodontal Disease Treatment Comfortable
As with any treatment in our office, we use high-tech tools to keep your periodontal disease treatment effective and comfortable. This commitment has earned us a Concept of Complete Dentistry Award from The Dawson Academy, an organization dedicated to advancing dental care through education and clinical research.
For gum disease, we remove stubborn tartar deposits from your teeth and gums with a tool that uses high-speed vibration and water. The water also flushes out bacteria from under your gums. Compared to the hand tools often used for cleaning, our ultrasonic scaler is:
- More comfortable for you, as there is less scraping
- Able to get deeper into the tough-to-reach areas below your gums
Don’t Ignore These Gum Disease Symptoms
We’ll carefully examine your gums during every dental exam. Call us for an appointment ASAP if you notice any of these gum disease symptoms between exams:
- Bright red gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, or any time
- Gums that are tender to the touch
- Chronic bad breath
- Painful chewing
If you think you may need nonsurgical gum disease treatment, call Kirchner Dental at 812-913-6093.