Gum disease, or periodontitis, gradually breaks down the gum tissue. Harmful bacteria in the mouth create plaque, a bacterial film that hardens over time to form tartar or calculus. This bacteria irritates and inflames the gums. Over time, patients can notice problems like gum recession and even loose teeth if they do not receive proper treatment. However, with periodontal therapy, we can restore the smile. Treating gum disease early on can stop these problems and renew gum and tooth health. Smiles by Mia offers periodontal disease treatment to patients in Burke, VA.
Signs of Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Patients with gum inflammation or gum disease can experience:
- Gum sensitivity and pain
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Purple or reddish gums
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
Please call our office if you or a loved one have noticed gum disease. We will work with you to find the best solution to your symptoms. Gum disease has many stages. In the early stages of gum disease, we can easily reverse symptoms. As gum disease progresses, it becomes more difficult to address symptoms without surgery or more invasive treatment.
Treat Gum Disease in Fairfax, VA
There are many options for patients in every stage of periodontitis:
Scaling and Root Planing
This non-invasive, non-surgical gum treatment provides a deep clean. Scaling treatment removes plaque buildup on and beneath the gum tissue. Root planing smooths down the tooth roots. Both scaling and root planing prevent gum recession and further gum irritation. Root planing helps the teeth reattach to the gum tissue.
We can also use a dental laser for painless periodontal treatment. Our WaterLase laser uses water and laser wavelengths to precisely cut diseased tissue. Many patients do not need sedation for laser treatment because it offers quick and comfortable treatment. We will also often recommend gum grafting to provide healthy gum tissue for patients with receding gums.
Antibacterial Gels and Rinses
We also recommend professional antibacterial gels and rinses. Our team can provide an antibacterial gel after scaling and root planing. Perioscience dental gel, CTX4 tooth gel, or Chlorohexidine oral rinse. These rinses and gels protect the teeth and gums from reinfection.
The best way to prevent problems like gum disease is to brush and floss daily. Many patients don’t floss daily because they think it isn’t an important part of their oral hygiene routine. However, flossing before brushing can help remove food debris and bacterial buildup for a more thorough cleaning.
Renew Your Gum Health
Do you need to treat your damaged, irritated gums? Call our office today at (571) 789-1265 or request a dental appointment on our website.