Gum health is key for a healthy smile and a healthy body. Gum disease has connections to a number of medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Managing gum health is a key part of our dental care 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. During gingivitis treatment, your dentist will remove plaque from exposed parts of the teeth and gums. He may also use a numbing agent to reduce sensitivity. Plaque usually causes issues around the gum line. In severe cases, he may clean and seal root surfaces of the teeth with a temporary filling.
Your dentist may recommend antibacterial rinses and other aids to use at home to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent deep cleanings in our dental 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 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 due to 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, you can reverse gingivitis. Patients should be aware that the disease is no longer curable once it progresses into periodontal disease. Your dentist can treat it so that it does not get worse, but can not reverse periodontal disease. As the disease progresses, it can become permanent.
Can salt water rinse heal gum infection?
Saltwater rinse can help heal and soothe gum infection! The best way to create a saltwater rinse 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 get the best treatment option for you and improve your oral health.