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Periodontal Therapy - Lawrenceburg, IN

Understanding & Stopping Gum Disease

A large percentage of the population may unknowingly have some form of gum disease. Characterized by a persistent bacterial infection surrounding one tooth or several teeth, gum disease causes little discomfort and produces few obvious symptoms in the early stages. When it is not treated, however, it spreads and damages the gums, teeth, bone, and it can lead to heart disease and strokes as well as diabetes and pregnancy complications.

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Why Choose Oyler Family Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Advanced Treatment Available for Severe Cases
  • Dentists with Years of Experience &Training
  • Dental Insurance Accepted

Who is at Risk for Gum Disease?

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All of the following factors greatly increase the risk of gum disease: tobacco use, hormone fluctuations, stress, medications, bruxism, diabetes, poor nutrition, HIV, any disease resulting in immunosuppression, heredity, and poor oral hygiene. Even patients who practice good oral homecare routines can get gum disease. Gums irritated by bacteria can recede from the teeth, creating deep pockets where more bacteria hide and flourish.

Treating Gum Disease

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Early on, when redness, swelling, and bleeding are the only symptoms, we can treat and reverse gum disease non-surgically. Regular checkups greatly increase the potential for early detection and conservative treatment. Generally, this includes careful, individualized instruction regarding the most effective means of brushing and flossing at home. This strategy is sometimes accompanied by professional scaling or a careful cleaning of all affected tooth surfaces, gum pocket irrigation, and even local antibiotic placement in areas of significant irritation. Often, patients experience immediate improvement. If, however, symptoms don't improve significantly, they may require surgical treatment.

Surgical Gum Disease Treatments

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If gum disease progresses without intervention, a patient may need surgery to halt the disease and restore the mouth to good oral health. Typically, periodontists (gum specialists) perform four surgical treatments: pocket depth reduction, bone or tissue regeneration, crown lengthening, and/or soft tissue grafts. All of these procedures eliminate infection and improve your chances of keeping your teeth for life.

If you have further questions about gum disease and our available treatments, please contact our Lawrenceburg dental office for a consultation.