Gum Disease Treatment in Marion
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) may start out with relatively benign symptoms, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. In fact, quite the opposite –left untreated, this incredibly common condition causes jawbone deterioration, tooth loss, and other devastating consequences for oral health. At Bruner Dental, our team diagnoses periodontal disease and provides treatment that’s personalized to fit your unique condition. Dr. Bruner, Dr. Root, Dr. Sneed, and Dr. Tinsley are all dedicated to providing comfortable, comprehensive attention that always leaves you smiling.
Do I have periodontal disease?
In the early stages of periodontal disease, patients may not even realize that they’re experiencing symptoms. This is why attending regular check-ups with one of our skilled doctors at Bruner Dental is so important. We diagnose your condition and get you started with a treatment plan right away for ideal results. However, there are some tell-tale signs that patients can keep an eye out for. These include:
- Gums that look especially swollen, red, or tender
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing teeth
- Significant bad breath that isn’t alleviated by diligent hygiene/mouthwash use
- Teeth that gradually appear longer (a sign of receding gums)
- A change in the way teeth feel or the way your bite fits together
There are also certain risk factors concerning periodontal disease that patients should be aware of. These include:
- Being 65 or older
- Regularly grinding and/or clenching teeth
- Regular smoking and/or tobacco use
- The presence of certain systemic diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, etc
- The routine use of certain oral contraceptives or anti-depressants
In the early stages of periodontal disease, our team typically recommends patients undergo a more involved cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This procedure thoroughly removes plaque and tartar from around teeth and smooths out root surfaces. We may also recommend antibiotic therapy as a supplement to maximize improvement, and a more diligent oral hygiene routine at home. If moderate to severe damage has already occurred, surgical treatment with our soft tissue laser could be required to precisely remove diseased tissue and plaque build-up.
If you’re facing oral discomfort or damage, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Bruner Dental! We’re located in Marion, IN, and new patients are always welcome from the nearby areas of Jonesboro, Gas City, and beyond.