Which Fishers dentist can treat my gum disease?
Gum disease is a prevalent condition, affecting about half of all Americans, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Early detection and intervention can prevent this condition from progressing to its most advanced, irreversible stages. At James Gordon, DDS, your Fishers dentist, we use state-of-the-art technology and treatment methods to prevent, detect and treat gum disease.
Gum disease is caused when plaque and tartar accumulate below the gum line, causing inflammation to the soft tissues supporting your teeth. By brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist for regular checkups, you are taking important steps to manage the accumulation of plaque and prevent gum disease. Poor oral hygiene, diabetes, pregnancy, smoking, certain medication and genetic conditions can increase your risk for developing this condition. Periodontal disease occurs in stages, the earliest of which, gingivitis, can be reversed with improved oral hygiene, more frequent teeth cleanings, and periodontal treatments, such as scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque from below the gum line, and root planing smooths the roots of your teeth to prevent plaque for depositing there. Gingivitis is often painless, and many people with this condition do not know that they have it. Signs to look out for include bleeding and swelling around the gums, especially when you brush or floss. To diagnose gingivitis or more advanced stages of periodontal disease, your Fishers dentist will need to perform a clinical examination and take diagnostic films. When gingivitis is caught early on, treatment is straightforward, with a favorable outcome. In its more advanced stages, gum disease requires more aggressive treatment possibly including deeper cleanings, medication, and surgical procedures.
At James Gordon DDS, your Fishers dentist, our goal is to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your life. With the right dentist, gum disease is a preventable and treatable condition. Our friendly staff and expert dentists will keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout your visit. To learn more, call today.