Most of the periodontal treatments done here, at this office, which would include root planing and scaling and pocket depth measurements, are all handled by the hygienist. The hygienists here are extremely well-trained in periodontics. I should explain that some people come here to 'get their teeth cleaned.' Getting your teeth cleaned is not the same for everybody. People that have periodontal disease need a different type of cleaning. They might need to be anesthetized to have their teeth cleaned properly, and we do that. We even have hygienists, that have gone to school, learn how to give shots. We can make it comfortable, but the periodontal work that's done here is all done by the hygienists.
Many people worry about their teeth without giving their gums a second thought. Yet gum disease (periodontal disease) is a bigger problem for many adults than tooth decay. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. It’s also common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the American adults have this.
In addition, some studies have linked gum disease to medical issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and low birth weight in babies.
For all of these reasons, our Crown Point, IN dentists take gum disease quite seriously. They look for signs of gum disease during every dental exam. If they find any, they eliminate it with effective treatment.
Let our dentists check your gums! Call Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC at 219-641-3422 to book an exam.
Get Thorough Gum Disease Treatment
If Dr. Mark Van Buskirk or Dr. Michael Krischke detect gum disease, we’ll use a deep cleaning method called scaling and root planning that removes infection-causing bacteria and makes it less likely for bacteria to accumulate below your gumline. We may also apply Arestin®, a topical, time-released antibiotic that continues to fight bacteria after you leave our office. If necessary, we can also quickly and comfortably remove infected gum tissue with a high-tech laser.
Understand the Two Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease happens when bacteria build up in your teeth and gums. Gum disease has two stages:
- Gingivitis. In this early stage, the main symptoms are tender gums that may bleed. There hasn’t yet been any lasting tissue or bone damage. A professional dental cleaning and good home care are usually enough to eliminate it at this stage.
- Periodontitis. If it advances, your gums pull away from your teeth, forming “pockets” where bacteria collect and worsen the gum infection. As your body tries to fight the infection, the connective tissue around your teeth begins to break down. When this happens, you’re in danger of losing teeth.
Our dentists are two of the trusted dentists in Crown Point, IN since Dr. Mark Van Buskirk finished his degree at Indiana University School of Dentistry, while Dr. Michael Krischke earned his DDS from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.