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Gum/Periodontal Disease in Indianapolis and Fishers, IN

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About Gum Disease Treatment


Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects about 80% of the population to some extent, presenting as either gingivitis (mild) or periodontitis (advanced). At Martin Dentistry in Indianapolis and Fishers, IN, we offer a variety of treatment options for gum disease, as we understand its impact on oral health.

This condition begins with the hardening of plaque and tartar (calculus) below the gum line, leading to irritation and infection of the gums and supporting bone. In the early stages, symptoms may be mild, such as red, tender, swollen gums, bleeding while brushing teeth, and gum recession. However, many patients do not recognize these signs until the disease has progressed.

As gum disease advances, pockets of bacteria form, leading to the destruction of gum tissue and bone. This can result in tooth and bone loss, often without causing significant pain. Therefore, early detection and treatment are crucial in preventing further damage.

Our team of general and cosmetic dentists, including Dr. Matt Martin, Dr. Stephanie Martin, Dr. Lynn Marshall, and Dr. Lindsey Garrison, offers various nonsurgical options for treating gum disease. These treatments are designed to reduce inflammation, remove bacteria, and promote gum tissue healing.

If you suspect you have gum disease or are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation. Early intervention can help prevent the progression of gum disease and preserve your oral health.

What to Expect

Once gum disease sets in, Martin Dentistry can often treat it with nonsurgical therapies, including:

  • Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
  • Root Planing – to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
  • Antibiotic Therapy – to battle infection
  • Laser Treatment – to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment
  • Surgery – advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist, in which case the dentist will make a referral to a trusted colleague.

Treatment Aftercare

Depending on the gum disease treatment used for the patient’s condition, the dentist will give specific aftercare instructions. After undergoing gum disease treatment, patients should talk to their dentist about improving the home oral care routine to prevent future problems and if they should come in more often than twice a year for preventative care.

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Healthy Gums = Healthy Body

Everything that enters or is present in the mouth has access to the whole body. Recent research reveals that gum disease is linked to an increased risk for major overall health problems, including stroke, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, diabetes complications, low birth weight, and most recently, dementia. To set up an appointment for an exam to look for signs of gum disease, contact Martin Dentistry in Indianapolis.

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