Gum Disease Southside Indianapolis IN

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Dr. Carole Thoman and Dr. Robin Thoman treat the symptoms and effects of gum disease with individualized care designed to address your unique needs. Periodontal therapy is recommended based on the stage and severity of gum disease and the existence of other factors such as a medical condition.

Gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today and is preventable with routine dental care at Paradox Dental. In addition to screening for the early signs of developing gum disease at regular visits, our team offers personalized oral hygiene advice for patients to help them avoid common dental concerns such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Recognizing the common signs of developing periodontal disease can help patients seek treatment early and successfully halt the progression with conservative measures.

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Irritated gums, increased tooth sensitivity
  • Shifting of teeth, loose teeth
  • Changes in the fit of the bite or dental appliances
  • Receding gums

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Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is progressive, beginning when plaque builds up on surfaces in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene, a lack of dental care or medical conditions and medications impacting gum health. Left untreated, early symptoms can lead to more complex problems and even tooth loss.

  • Gingivitis: early-stage gum disease, characterized by subtle symptoms including bleeding gums and increased redness, swelling of gums or sensitivity.
  • Periodontitis: advanced gum disease that is often noticeable to the patient. Symptoms include changes in the bite, loosening teeth and receding gums.

Why Is Gum Health Important?

The gums play an important role in both oral health and overall physical well-being. Healthy, stable gums support the teeth, providing the structure that stabilizes and nourishes the tooth roots. They also serve as an effective barrier between harmful bacteria in the mouth and the bloodstream. Maintaining gum health will support your long-term dental health and your best quality of life.

When gum health is compromised, it impacts the integrity of the teeth and the protection they provide from bacteria entering the bloodstream. The effects of advanced gum disease can lead to tooth shifting or loss and an increased risk of developing a cardiovascular or systemic disease related to increased internal inflammation. For patients with existing disease, especially diabetes, poor gum health can make symptoms difficult to manage.

Very positive experience. My examination and cleaning was very thorough. Dr. Thoman asked questions and listened to my answers.Robert A.
Everyone should have a dental practice like this one! Everyone is helpful and kind. Questions are answered, procedures explained, no rushed feeling here. The cleaning and X-rays were done gently. Costs for services are very reasonable.Dianne J.

Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Dr. Carole or Dr. Robin Thoman will thoroughly evaluate your oral health condition to determine the stage of gum disease and look for any damage to the gums or the teeth that should be addressed as part of your overall treatment.

The treatment recommended for you will be designed to address your needs and to restore your dental health. Our team will also make personalized recommendations for oral hygiene between visits to keep the gums healthy and stable.

Periodontal therapy treatments can include:

  • Oral hygiene changes: we may recommend specific changes or additions to your at home oral hygiene routine, including the use of an anti-bacterial rinse.
  • Additional dental cleanings: for patients with chronic gum disease, additional dental cleanings and exams may be the solution to keeping the disease at bay and promoting gum health.
  • Scaling and root planing: this thorough cleaning of all tooth and gum surfaces focuses on addressing exposed tooth roots and any deep pockets that may have formed due to advanced bacterial infection in the gums. Using special tools, we will gently remove hardened plaque and enable the natural healing process to slowly restore gum health.
  • Oral surgery and laser treatment: to address advanced damage due to periodontitis, more invasive procedures may be necessary to remove diseased tissue, address damage and allow the gums to heal.
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Why choose Paradox Dental?

Paradox Dental is your Southside Indianapolis area dental home for the complete care of your oral health. Dr. Carole and Dr. Robin Thoman offer patients of all ages individualized care for the maintenance of a healthy smile and advanced treatment options for complex needs and cosmetic concerns.

Our team approach to your dentistry means comprehensive evaluation and care under one roof. From mercury-free dentistry to oral surgery and implant dentistry, Drs. Thoman are dedicated to helping you achieve a smile that is comfortable, functional and beautiful.