Keeping your gums healthy is just as important as keeping your teeth healthy. In fact, your teeth and overall health can suffer if you ignore your gums. Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to several serious health conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
Unfortunately, gum disease is incredibly common among American adults. But it doesn't have to be. There are a few simple ways to keep your gums healthy to prevent gum disease from developing, and there are also easy methods for managing the early stages of gum disease if you already have it.
Preventing Gum Disease
Prevention is always better than a cure, and that's especially true with gum disease. The best way to prevent gum disease from occurring is with an excellent oral hygiene routine that you strictly adhere to. Your oral hygiene routine should include brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice every day and flossing your teeth a minimum of once per day.
It's also important to schedule routine cleanings and exams at Dentistry of Fishers.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatments in Fishers
At Dentistry of Fishers, we offer several periodontal procedures designed to improve your gums' health and manage gum disease.
Our experienced dentist, Dr. Jeremy Jones, has an ongoing maintenance program specifically for you if you already have gum disease. We've designed our regular periodontal maintenance cleanings to control the progression of gum disease, preventing further damage and bone loss.
Scaling and Root Planing
With scaling and root planing, we give your gums a deep cleaning both above and below the gumline, removing all the plaque and tartar that you weren't able to reach with your toothbrush or floss. During the process, we also smooth the teeth, which helps your healthy gum tissue reattach. With this treatment, we can halt gum disease in its tracks, ridding your mouth of any active infections.
We can add bone tissue to areas where you have experienced bone loss with a bone grafting procedure. We often use this technique to add bone density to your jawbone in preparation for a dental implant. However, it can also be used to restore your facial structure after bone loss.
We also provide laser dentistry treatments for gum health and to prepare your teeth and gums for treatments, like dental crowns. Our laser dentistry treatment includes cosmetic gingival contouring, crown lengthening, and gingivectomy.
Additionally, we perform guided tissue regeneration and ridge augmentation/preservation when necessary. These procedures promote your oral health by reshaping your gums/jawbone.
Before embarking on any periodontal treatment program, Dr. Jones examines your teeth and gums carefully and discusses possible treatment options with you. Before you leave our office, you should have a roadmap for better oral health that includes your gum treatment.
Gum Disease Treatment in Fishers
Dr. Jeremy Jones, DMD, and the rest of our skilled team provide exceptional gum care and treatments to Fisher area patients. We also welcome patients from nearby communities, including Noblesville, Carmel, Indianapolis, Pendleton, and Cicero.
Call us today to schedule your periodontal exam with Dr. Jones. We look forward to helping you achieve excellent oral and overall health with periodontal treatments and gum disease prevention techniques in our Fishers dental office.