The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Gingivitis/Gum Disease Treatment in South Bend, IN

Gingivitis, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a daunting issue that can afflict dental patients from all walks of life if they don’t stay on top of their oral care regimens. The ailment develops slowly over time as plaque and bacteria build up on the surface of teeth and begin to form along the gum line. As this material begins to harden and form tartar, this can lead to gums becoming red and swollen, and is often one of the early stages of a much more dangerous form of periodontal disease.

If left untreated, gingivitis can eventually develop into periodontitis, a far more advanced form of the disease. Instead of mere bleeding and inflamed gums, the ailment can begin to spread underneath the gum line and may start to attack the bone and underlying tissues that support healthy teeth. In time, this can lead to deep infected pockets that could cause a patient to lose his or her teeth and the surrounding bone.

For those who are suffering from gingivitis or a more advanced form of gum disease, there are a wealth of treatment options available in South Bend. To start, dentists suggest completely revamping a patient’s oral care regimen to include daily flossing, brushing at least twice a day and doing what’s necessary to foster the long-term health of the mouth. Additionally, treatment options vary depending on the scope of the disease. For instance, for those individuals who report minimal swelling, nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth are usually sufficient to restore the supportive tissues and promote the reattachment of gums to teeth.

Conversely, for those who exhibit advanced swelling or bleeding, oral surgery may be required to repair the underlying tissues. A treatment called scaling and root planing is usually the first step, which involves a deep cleaning to remove all traces of tartar, as well as targeting exposed tooth roots where bacteria accumulates. Antibiotics and topical gels can also be used to treat these issues, but ultimately, unless a patient has an advanced form of the disease, gingivitis can be treated quite easily with a vast improvement in a person’s overall oral care regimen, frequent trips to the dentist for consultations and eliminating risk factors like sugary foods and tobacco products. As long as the ailment is caught early, our dentists in South Bend have myriad treatment options available to stop gum disease in its tracks.

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Patient Reviews
I love coming here! Fast, great work and painless!
Braedon T.
While I did have a couple of resin fills fall out, I don't believe that was the fault of the technician (my bad). They were replaced right away and […]
Timothy F.
No wait time, Very helpful and informative as to the procedure and what to expect. Excellent staff and dentist.
Anonymous
For my first time at this practice, everyone was very nice and courteous..I felt like they really care
Treviea W.
Overall good impression. Got what I was expecting.
Lila K.
I had a great experience at the dental center. They are flexible with appointment times and the staff (front desk, hygienists, and doctors) is very […]
Anonymous
My procedure took 4 hours, mainly because there was only 1 dentist and he had to handle many patients while I sat in the chair. There was more down […]
Jane B.
The people are friendly and courteous and the work on my tooth was completed in a timely manner.
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Excellent service provided by hygienist Becky W.
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Anonymous
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Marge was very good. She is an excellent dental heigist. So very glad I have her caring for my health and teeth. Thank you, Marge great job!
Sue B.
Even an extraction is no problem.
Michael A.
Been going to this clinic for almost two years now. I have enjoyed my experiences with this clinic and I am thankful to them.
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Rena M.
As always excellent service from hygenist, Becky.
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Anonymous
Dentist at the dental center are there to help you, not tell you things are wrong just to get more money out of you. They are all very friendly and […]
Rikki T.
I have always had good service there . Been going there for about 15- 20 years
Ronald P.
Very reasonable prices for people without dental insurance, courteous fast service!
Ryan K.
Got in on time and everything went well.
Judy J.
excellent and courteous service
Joseph V.
Everyone very courteous and professional as well as friendly!
Lisa R.
I was in pain over the weekend. I called Monday morning and they got me right in on Monday afternoon to take care of my very bad tooth pain. Thank […]
Jason P.
Outstanding caring people, always know me by name also.
Kevin S.
Marge always pleasant an professional. I only use her for my cleanings.
Kevin S.
By far the best experience I have ever had while having to get a filling replaced.
Tammy W.
This morning at 8:30 I called for an appointment for what I thought was a cracked tooth. I had never been a patient there before, they got me in with […]
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Very thorough and professional.
Jacquelin C.
Very kind and professional people work here. My experience was very good.
Joan W.
Had an emergency on my front tooth! Not only did they get me in right away but also worked quickly to get me a flipper tooth (in a day and a half)! […]
Angelia Y.
I had a wonderful experience. I arrived early and was informed that the hygienist was out sick and they apologized for it. They offered to reschedule […]
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Overall good experience.
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Quick in job done without any pain
Eric W.
Fast and painless!
Kelly T.
The staff was very courteous and nice. The service I received was very good. My wait time was minimal.
Marvin J.
One of the best dentist appt I have been to
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I find the people in this office to be friendly and professional.
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Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Fax: (574) 245-7530
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  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
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