What is periodontal maintenance?

Periodontics is the study and treatment of the gums and soft tissues supporting teeth. It is an essential aspect of overall oral health maintenance. At our dental office, Dr. Taylor provides choice periodontal treatments to keep your smile healthy. Our main goal is to prevent and treat periodontal disease.

 

What is periodontal disease (gum disease)?

Periodontal disease is a dental condition where the gums become infected. It begins as gingivitis and progresses if left untreated. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

 

  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gum lines, making teeth look abnormally long
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Unusual spacing between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

 

Periodontal treatment depends on your individual needs, and we will help determine which option will best suit your smile. The most common periodontal treatments in Carmel, Indiana include scaling and root planing. These are deep cleaning treatments that focus on removing plaque, tartar, and infected gum tissue from above and below the gumline. We also provide extensive information on how to care for your gums at home. This involves proper brushing, flossing, and mouthwash techniques. If you are experiencing the signs of gum disease, we encourage you to contact our office today to begin receiving treatment that will save your smile.