Did you know that periodontal disease affects nearly 75% of Americans and is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss?
Studies estimate that nearly 1 in 7 adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have some form of periodontal disease (gum disease). More than 20% of these adults have periodontal disease serious enough to cause tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease can destroy the healthy bone and gum tissues you need to support your teeth. Periodontal disease can progress silently and go largely unnoticed until significant damage has already been done. In addition, the bacteria formed by periodontal disease can wreak havoc and cause problems elsewhere in the body. However, the good news is that periodontal disease is entirely preventable, treatable, and in some cases reversible. Ellettsville Dental Center in beautiful Bloomington Indiana offers comprehensive family dental services, including periodontal disease prevention and therapy. You can schedule the periodontal therapy appointment you need to stay healthy with Dr. David C. Compton, Dr. Thomas H. Kapczynski, Dr. Todd E. Stipp and Dr. Kim Ellis today.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Your teeth are supported by your gums and the surrounding bone. Your tooth's root is anchored to this bone by fibers called periodontal ligaments. Periodontal disease causes these supporting tissues to break down. If only the superficial gums are damaged, the disease is considered to be in the early stage known as gingivitis. If it is more advanced and involves the destruction of the connecting tissues and bone, it is known as periodontitis.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
After we eat or drink anything, plaque (a sticky film of bacteria and their acidic waste) can form on the surface of our teeth and gums. We brush and floss each day to remove plaque; however, this can’t completely remove plaque from around the gum line. The harmful bacteria in the plaque left at the gum line produce dangerous toxins that can effectively destroy the gums and supporting tissues. Over time, plaque can also harden into tartar. Tarter can only be removed with a dental office cleaning. Because plaque and tarter buildup is painless, this process can develop and persist without you ever being aware, until your gums begin to exhibit the symptoms of advanced periodontal disease.
Do You Need Periodontal Disease Therapy?
If you observe any of the following symptoms, you should make an immediate periodontal therapy appointment:
Swollen or tender gums
Persistent bad breath
Red, purple, or otherwise discolored gums
Loosened or shifting teeth
Mucus or pus around the gum line
Deep pockets forming between the teeth and gums
Ellettsville Periodontal Therapy Appointments
Semi- annual dental checkups and cleanings can effectively prevent periodontal disease. If it has already developed, we can provide root scaling and root planing procedures that can help heal and even reverse periodontal disease damage. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, but more than one visit may be needed for this treatment.Make your next periodontal therapy appointment with the gentle and experienced dentists ofEllettsville Dental Center today. Dr. Compton, Dr. Kapczynski, Dr. Stipp, and Dr. Ellis are highly qualified family and restorative dental professionals. Ellettsville Dental Center is trusted by families throughout Ellettsville, IN, Bloomington, Spencer, Martinsville, and the surrounding Indianapolis communities.