Periodontal Therapy

Gum Disease Treatment in Noblesville, Indiana

Periodontal therapy at Hamilton Town Dentistry in Noblesville, Indiana

How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal bacteria can spread into your bloodstream, increasing inflammation and straining your immune system. Not only does periodontitis lead to tooth loss, but it’s also been shown to raise your risk of heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and reproductive health issues.

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Symptoms of Gum Disease

The symptoms of gum disease can vary, depending on the severity of your condition. Some common symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums when you’re brushing or flossing
  • Receding gumlines or teeth that appear longer than normal
  • Loose teeth or changes in the way your teeth fit together
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Visible tartar buildup
  • Spaces between your teeth

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to schedule an appointment with our Noblesville dentists as soon as possible.

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What is a Deep Cleaning?

A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a non-surgical treatment for moderate to severe gum disease. This procedure involves removing the plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line and smoothing the tooth root to prevent bacteria from re-colonizing the area. Local anesthesia may be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

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Periodontal Maintenance Visits

Periodontal maintenance visits are crucial to maintaining good oral health after a deep cleaning. These visits are typically scheduled every three to four months and involve a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent the recurrence of gum disease. Since gum disease and bone loss aren’t reversible, it’s important to maintain your current oral health to prevent any regression. 

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