Periodontal Care and Effective Gum Disease Treatment
Poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of dental problems, including gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis can turn into a more serious condition called periodontitis- advanced gum disease. Periodontitis is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Through periodontal treatment, your dentist can stop gum infection to protect and preserve teeth. You can schedule gum disease treatment at the office of Robert L. Holloway, DDS, in Noblesville, Indiana.
Ways to Prevent Gingivitis
The best way to prevent gingivitis is to make oral hygiene a priority. This includes maintaining good oral care habits at home and scheduling routine dental checkups and cleanings. Plaque and tartar build-up are the leading causes of gum disease. The bacteria in plaque slowly destroy the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities and gum disease. Bacteria that breed under your gum line can destroy the bone structure of your teeth, causing them to weaken and fall out. Daily brushing and flossing help reduce plaque build-up on your teeth. Any plaque that remains, along with tartar and harmful bacteria, can be removed by your dentist during a dental cleaning.
Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Robert Holloway will deep clean your teeth to treat gum disease. Deep cleaning consists of the following procedures:
- Scaling – Scaling entails scraping off plaque and tartar from your teeth both above and below the gum line, using special dental tools. Dr. Holloway will remove all traces of plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria to preserve the integrity of your teeth.
- Root planing – Root planing is the process of smoothing the rough surfaces of your tooth roots to keep bacteria from accumulating there in the future.
In addition to eliminating plaque and tartar, deep cleaning reduces periodontal pockets around your teeth to give your gums a chance to reattach to your teeth and heal. As deep cleaning can be uncomfortable, we’ll perform this treatment under anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort.
Periodontal Treatment in and around Noblesville, Indiana
To discuss periodontal care with your Noblesville, IN dentist, Dr. Robert Holloway, contact us today at (317) 672-0950.