• Periodontics

  • In some cases, a patient might notice some bleeding in their gums while brushing and/or flossing. This is most often the case when that patient has a periodontal condition, most notably, periodontitis, or periodontal disease. In this case, bacteria has colonized itself in between the gums and the tooth structure and has caused irritation and inflammation in the neighboring gums, thus the bleeding.

    When a patient is diagnosed with periodontal disease, a simple cleaning and routine hygiene care are not enough to maintain a clean mouth. In situations like this, a different kind of cleaning is needed, also known as "scaling and root planing”. The scaling procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic, if needed, to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a "scaler," or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar.

    What is periodontal disease?

    Before periodontal disease occurs, plaque that has not been removed from your teeth turns into a hard substance called tartar. Tartar can not be removed by brushing and flossing alone and needs to be addressed by a dentist.

    When that tartar is not properly cleaned away from where your gums meet your teeth, your gums may become infected and start to recede. As your teeth and gums begin to separate, they leave spaces that can become infect.

    How do I treat my periodontal disease?

    At early stages, you may be instructed to change your oral hygiene routine. If necessary, other measures may be taken to reverse the effects of periodontal disease.

    How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

    Though you may not notice any warning signs at all, there are a few symptoms that may indicate you have  periodontal disease. Such symptoms include:

    Gum Changes

    • Receding: Your teeth may appear to be longer than before, or your gums seem to dip down lower around certain teeth than others.

    • Swollen: Some areas of your gums may seem larger or swollen compared to others.

    • Sensitive or tender: Certain foods or temperatures make certain areas of your mouth feel uncomfortable.

    • Red: Gums that are more red in color than usual.

    • Bleeding: Though you may think you simply brushed too hard, or too aggressively picked your teeth, there may be a different reason why your gums are bleeding.

    Bad Breath

    When you have continuous bad breath - also called halitosis - even after brushing, you should speak with a dentist. Bad breath can be a sign of a variety of issues, and periodontal disease is one of them.

    Changes in Teeth

    • Sensitive

    • Loose

    • Appear Longer

    If you visit the dentist regularly, periodontal disease can be caught early. A thorough cleaning and inspection of your teeth and mouth are done to determine if there are pockets or recession of gums that are at risk of developing into periodontal disease.

    Lasting Impressions works hand in hand with the leading periodontal professionals in Carmel, Indianapolis, Westfield, Zionsville, and surrounding areas to save your mouth from periodontal disease

    Please give us a call at (317) 571-9610 if you have any concerns about periodontal diseases or would like to learn more. We are always happy to help!