Periodontal Treatments in Fort Wayne, IN

Protect Your Gum Health With Dr. David Painter

Periodontal care is crucial for maintaining good oral health and preventing gum disease. At Union Chapel Dentistry in Fort Wayne, IN, Dr. David Painter and his team prioritize periodontal care to help patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. 

With years of experience and a commitment to using the latest techniques, our Fort Wayne dentist provides comprehensive periodontal services tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Call (260) 232-0280 to schedule your appointment at Union Chapel Dentistry today. 

What Is Periodontal Care?

periodontal carePeriodontal care is a branch of dentistry that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. Gum disease, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria around the teeth and gums. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease progresses through several stages:

  • Gingivitis: This is the earliest stage of gum disease, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
  • Mild Periodontitis: In this stage, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets where bacteria can accumulate.
  • Moderate Periodontitis: The pockets become deeper, and the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place start to break down.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: At this severe stage, the teeth may become loose or fall out due to significant bone and tissue damage.

Early detection and treatment are crucial to preventing the progression of gum disease.

Periodontal Treatments at Union Chapel Dentistry

At Union Chapel Dentistry, Dr. Painter offers a range of periodontal treatments, including:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: This deep cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line and smooths the root surfaces to help the gums reattach.
  • Gum Surgery: In more advanced cases, Dr. Painter may recommend surgical procedures, such as pocket reduction surgery or gum grafting, to restore gum health and prevent further damage.
  • Antibiotics: In some cases, Dr. Painter may prescribe antibiotics to help control bacterial infection in the gums.

At our Fort Wayne dental office, we’ll help determine which periodontal treatment is the best for you. Call us at (260) 232-0280 to get started.

The Periodontal Care Process at Union Chapel Dentistry

At Union Chapel Dentistry, the periodontal care process typically involves:

  • Comprehensive Examination: Dr. Painter will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and overall oral health to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
  • Personalized Treatment Plan: Based on the findings, Dr. Painter will develop your personalized treatment plan.
  • Treatment: Dr. Painter and his team will perform the necessary periodontal treatments, using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.
  • Follow-up Care: Regular follow-up visits at Union Chapel Dentistry are essential to monitor your progress and ensure the long-term success of your periodontal treatment.

At-Home Periodontal Care Tips

While professional periodontal care is crucial, maintaining good oral hygiene at home is also essential. Here are some tips:


  • Brush Twice Daily: Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss Regularly: Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Use Antimicrobial Mouthwash: Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce bacteria in your mouth.
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
  • Don’t Smoke: Smoking increases the risk of gum disease and slows the healing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit the dentist for periodontal care?

Most dentists recommend visiting the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and examination. However, if you have gum disease or are at a higher risk, more frequent visits may be necessary.

Is periodontal disease contagious?

While periodontal disease itself isn’t contagious, the bacteria that cause it can be transferred through saliva. This means that sharing utensils or kissing someone with active gum disease may increase your risk of developing it as well. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly can help prevent transmission.

Can gum disease be cured?

Gum disease can be treated effectively but cannot be completely cured. With proper treatment and good oral hygiene habits, the progression of gum disease can be stopped, and the effects can be reversed to some extent. However, the damaged tissue and bone loss cannot be fully regenerated.

Is periodontal treatment painful?

Periodontal treatment is generally not painful, especially when performed in the early stages of gum disease. However, some discomfort or sensitivity may be experienced after more invasive procedures, such as deep cleanings or gum surgery. Your dentist will provide instructions for managing any discomfort and promoting healing.

Create Healthy Gums at Union Chapel Dentistry

Periodontal care is essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing the progression of gum disease. At Union Chapel Dentistry, Dr. David Painter and his team are dedicated to providing comprehensive periodontal care using the latest techniques and personalized treatment plans. 

Call (260) 232-0280 to speak with our Fort Wayne, IN, dentist or schedule your appointment online. We look forward to meeting new and returning patients from Leo-Cedarville, New Haven, and Allen, IN.

Union Chapel Dentistry

12714 Coldwater Rd.
Suite A
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Office Hours

8AM – 5PM
8AM – 5PM
8AM – 5PM
8AM – 5PM
8AM – 5PM

*We see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays