Dental Services / Periodontics


Periodontal Maintenance in Crown Point, IN

Periodontics or periodontology is a dental specialty focused on the supporting structures of the teeth, namely (but not limited to) the gums. It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. adults suffer from gingivitis, a mild gum condition. While gingivitis is typically easy to treat and control, it can sometimes lead to much more severe problems such as periodontitis, or gum disease.

Your gum health can be improved through simple treatments like deep in-office cleaning (scaling and root planing) and other self-care tips the doctor will provide. In more severe cases, surgery is required.

Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Pre-Term Births

Flap surgery is commonly used to treat gum disease. When infection isn’t caught early on, its spread creates deep pockets in the gums. Put simply, the procedure involves pulling the gums back from the teeth for deep cleaning and disinfection, then suturing the gum back in place so that it fits the tooth snugly. After the procedure is complete, it is much easier to manage gum problems and keep from severe consequences.

Bone and tissue grafting is required for the most severe cases, as gum disease can lead to bone and tissue loss.

If you have been experiencing tenderness, pain, bleeding or swelling in your gums, call our office to set up a consultation. We will discuss all of our periodontal services and your options. Together we will determine the best course of action to help you regain your optimum health!