Periodontal disease is common in adults. If left untreated, you can lose teeth and gum tissue.
The dentists at Smile Designers in Arlington, VA, can provide treatment that will reverse gum disease.
We advise patients to address periodontitis before it becomes advanced, causing serious health issues like heart disease.
We Can Stop Gum Disease Advancement Let Us Treat Your Gums
By maintaining regular checkups and practicing good dental hygiene, you can prevent periodontal issues. If ignored, gum disease can lead to bad breath and tooth loss. Advanced gum disease can cause serious health issues like heart disease. If our dentists detect gum disease early, however, we can reverse its effects.
Dr. Casey, Dr. Ahn, or Dr. Han at Smile Designer can diagnose your gums and provide effective treatment in our Arlington, VA, office. Don't wait for your gingivitis to progress to periodontitis. Call our office today or request a consultation.
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Treating Gum Disease
Periodontal Disease Risk Factors
Smoking or chewing tobacco can increase the risk of developing periodontitis. Tobacco users tend to develop more serious forms of gum disease. They also have a much lower chance of successful treatment.
Patients with diabetes, AIDS, leukemia, and other conditions that compromise your immune system are at a higher risk of developing infections like periodontitis.
Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are times in life when a patient may experience a hormonal change. During these times, patients have an increased risk of periodontal disease.
Patients who have a family history of gum disease are more likely to develop the condition, too. Be sure to review both your personal and family health history during your consultation with one of our dentists.
Smile Designer in Arlington, VA, can treat all stages of gum disease. We can also teach you how to maintain your oral health by brushing and flossing.
Patients with gingivitis are usually good candidates for conservative treatments, while periodontitis may require more aggressive treatments.
Medication may be prescribed to eliminate infection. Medication can come in the form of pills, medicated toothpaste, or mouthwash.
Scaling or Root Planing
Root planing and scaling is an effective option for patients with gingivitis. The patient undergoes a deep cleaning where one of our dentists will clean the teeth below the gum line, reducing the pockets that can form between the teeth and gums.
Laser Gum Therapy
For patients who have advanced periodontal disease, our dentists can eliminate bacteria below the gum line using advanced laser technology. Our Trios® laser technology is less invasive than traditional methods, reducing discomfort with a quicker recovery time than other gum disease treatments.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque. The easiest way to avoid gum disease is to remove the plaque daily. Maintaining good oral health will prevent gingivitis, periodontitis, and cavities.
Patients should brush their teeth and gums at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush to keep them plaque-free.
Daily flossing is also important for preventing gum disease. Only dental floss can remove plaque at the gumline and in between teeth.
Keeping regular appointments with your dentist is important to preventing gum disease. An examination every six months at our Arlington, VA, dental office can include a cleaning and fluoride treatment, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Advanced Health Issues Can Form If Gum Disease is Untreated
Advanced periodontal disease can increase your risk of several other medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Premature birth
- Respiratory disease
Laser Dentistry Can Address Periodontal Disease
Treatments for Lost Teeth
Patients who experience advanced gum disease and have lost teeth may be able to restore their smile through a number of solutions like dental implants or a full mouth reconstruction. Recommended treatment will depend on the severity of your tooth loss and the health of your jaws. For weaker jaws, the dentists at Smile Designer may suggest a bone grafting treatment, which adds volume and density to the jawbone.
Schedule a consultation at our Arlington, VA, office after your gum disease treatment to learn which restorative procedure is right for your oral health.
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