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Get a more attractive smile with gum disease treatment in Indianapolis

Gum disease is easy to ignore because it is painless and virtually invisible in its early stages. As gum disease progresses, it can have serious health implications – tooth loss, bone loss, and spread of systemic inflammation contributing to cardiovascular disease. Those are compelling reasons to seek gum disease treatment at Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis. Now, let’s take a look at how periodontitis also affects your appearance.

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Puffy Gums

Initially, you might only notice a little bleeding; some “pink in the sink” when you brush your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease causes unattractive changes in soft tissues. Gums become swollen with red or purplish splotches.

Long in the tooth

Did you know that gum disease is actually behind this old adage? Teeth don’t grow longer as you age. Actually, the opposite happens – they wear down slightly. Periodontal disease causes gums to lose their seal on teeth, and to recede or pull away. That exposes some of the root and makes teeth look longer, adding years to your smile.

Discoloration and decay

The root structure that is exposed as gums recede is not shielded by a layer of enamel. The yellowish cementum is visible. In addition, the unprotected root area is vulnerable to tooth decay. As gum disease advances, unappealing brown or greenish cavities may form at the gum line.

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Tooth loss

Eventually, periodontal disease attacks the ligaments and bone that hold teeth in place. Teeth fall out or have to be extracted, and their companions shift. You end up with crooked teeth and gaps.

Bad breath

Bacteria that cause gum disease feed on sugars trapped in plaque in your mouth. As they feast, they excrete foul smelling acids. Infected gum tissue also has an unpleasant odor.

Untreated gum disease has so many serious health implications that you might not think of the cosmetic issues. However, a healthy mouth leads to a great-looking smile. You can learn more about the causes of gum disease and treatment options in the articles below. Then schedule gum disease treatment at Washington Street Dentistry in Indiana. Call (317) 333-6788 for an appointment.

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Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

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I started going to Washington Street Dentistry when I moved to Irvington a few years ago. I relocated about an hour away and still make the trip down to see Dr. Church as this is the best dentist I’ve been to. The staff are great and Dr. Church has always done a wonderful job! My visits have always been painless and they always take the time to answer any questions I may have. I would highly recommend them!

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