The gums are often overlooked, but gum health is essential for a healthy smile and a healthy body. Gum disease has been linked to a number of medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Managing gum health is an important part of our practice in Virginia Beach.
We offer periodontal screenings at every exam to look for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. If you have signs of gum disease, we can offer a wide range of treatment options to treat and control infection.
When caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and even reversible. It is important to treat gum disease in its early stages to prevent progression to periodontitis, which is more difficult to treat.
Treatment For Gum Disease
The sooner you seek treatment for gum disease, the more conservative your treatment options are. There are two key stages of gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Each stage can have a progression of symptoms. Typically, patients do not realize they have gum disease until the later stages when damage to the gums affects the teeth or gums become significantly irritated.
Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley use laser dentistry to aid in periodontal therapy. These high-powered instruments allow them to provide more comfortable and conservative treatment for gum disease. The Waterlase dental laser enables them to treat and repair damaged or diseased gum tissue that may have previously required oral surgery.
Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, is an inflammation of the gums. It is common for people with gingivitis to experience bleeding gums when brushing teeth or flossing. For gingivitis treatment, plaque is removed from exposed parts of the teeth and gums.
Antibacterial rinses and other aids may be recommended to use at home to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office.
If you have periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, it can cause permanent damage to gum tissue and weaken the teeth. You may need to provide more intensive treatment. Scaling and root planing are procedures that clean the deep pockets of the gums to remove bacteria and debris. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is often called a “silent disease” because there may be no obvious symptoms until advanced stages. The most common signs are:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum pain
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
Gum Disease FAQs
Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush my teeth?
No. While bleeding gums can be caused by overaggressive brushing or flossing, it is more often the case that bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. Pregnant women more frequently experience bleeding gums because of changes taking place in the body. Routine visits are important for everyone at every age. If you have bleeding gums, tell your dentist.
Can gums recover from gum disease?
If caught in its earlier stage, gingivitis gum disease can be reversed. Once it progresses into further stages patients should be aware that the disease is no longer curable. It can be treated so it does not get worse, but the damage done can not be reversed.
Is gum disease permanent?
The first stage of gum disease can be treated and reversed if caught early. As the disease progresses it becomes permanent. The next three stages can be treated, but cannot be reversed.
Can salt water rinse heal gum infection?
Saltwater rinse can help heal and soothe gum infection! The best way to create a saltwater solution is with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. The salt and warmth helps soothe gums and gradually clear out infection.
Stages of Gum Disease
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If you are searching for a dentist who treats gum disease near Norfolk, VA, Chesapeake, VA or Virginia Beach areas, contact our office today. Schedule an appointment to learn what the best treatment option for you is.