The team at Dentistry of Fishers wants to keep you from being fooled this April 1—April Fool’s Day—by signs that point to gum disease in Fishers, IN
. While bleeding when you brush your teeth is indeed a sign that you may have problems, the opposite is not always true. You don’t have to have bleeding gums
to have gum disease. Our dentist, Dr. Jeremy Jones, takes a comprehensive approach to treating gum disease and preventing it from progressing into the loss of teeth and serious medical conditions that include heart disease and certain cancers such as oral and pancreatic cancer.
Signs of Gum Disease
The beginning stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis. It is caused by plaque, which builds up daily on the teeth and gums if not brushed and flossed away. In addition to bleeding gums
, look for the following symptoms.
- Gum irritation: Tenderness, redness and swelling
- Receding gums: Teeth appear longer as gums pull away
- Loose teeth: Teeth may be loose or spreading apart and can change your bite
- Bad taste/breath: Brushing may remove the taste or odor for a short time, but it persists
can be stopped, however, even in advanced stages. Dr. Jones offers a variety of periodontal services to halt its progression and clear away bacteria and infection.
This is an ongoing program of periodontal cleaning. It is designed to clean stubborn plaque and bacteria and prevent further bone loss.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling cleans and removes infection above and below the gum line. Planing smooths tooth roots and encourages healthy gum tissue to reattach.
A graft replaces bone tissue and restores the structure of your face. A bone graft also allows future dental implants.
Learn more about dental techniques to treat gum disease in Fishers, IN
for which you may be a candidate. Contact our office at (317) 565-4875
or visit online
to schedule an appointment. Dr. Jeremy Jones
can discuss all of your options and recommend a course of treatment designed to restore your oral health.