If you’ve been noticing your gums bleed easily when you brush and floss or they appear more red and tender, you may have gingivitis or the first stage of gum disease. We encourage you not to let this condition progress before you seek treatment from our dentists at VSP Dental! Delaying gum disease treatment in Danville, VA can be dangerous to both your oral and overall health. Bacterial plaque and tartar left to build up on the roots of the teeth under the gum line will gradually cause an infection that makes the gums pull away. Slowly, deep gum pockets form, more bacteria enter, and soft tissue damage and bone loss occurs. Mobility and tooth loss are the ultimate outcomes if gum disease isn’t treated professionally. Advanced cases of periodontal disease have even been linked to systemic complications, including respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. We never want any of our patients to reach this stage of gum disease! Our comprehensive range of periodontal therapy treatments can help you fight off gum disease so you can maintain a healthy smile and good oral health for life.
"Delaying gum disease treatment can be dangerous to both your oral and overall health."
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Gums that bleed easily
Tender, swollen gums
Persistent bad breath
Tooth and bone loss
"For mild to moderate cases of gum disease, we provide comprehensive treatments to improve your condition.."
Our Three Phases of Gum Disease Treatment
At VSP Dental, our dentists are experienced in three gum disease treatment options that can restore health to your smile. If you have advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend that you receive treatment from a periodontal specialist. However, for mild to moderate cases, we provide comprehensive treatments to improve your condition.
If excessive amounts of plaque and tartar are present, it can be difficult for us to complete a proper oral examination and diagnosis. Debridement removes heavy tartar buildup so we can better assess your level of gum disease. We can complete this step with conventional methods or non-invasively with our Fotona dental laser, which vaporizes bacteria and damaged tissues with gentle laser energy.
Each tooth and gum pocket is thoroughly “deep cleaned”. This takes more time than a regular cleaning, and, as such, we usually only clean ¼ – ½ of the mouth in a single appointment. Most patients require two appointments for a full deep cleaning. During this phase, we may also complete laser pocket reduction to vaporize bacteria and diseased gums lining the pockets so healthy tissues can reattach around the tooth roots.
Once you’ve had a deep cleaning, it’s important to maintain the results to move toward greater healing. Our periodontal maintenance program will bring you into the office as often as every 3 to 4 months to clean the areas that have suffered most from gum disease. As your condition improves, appointments will be further apart.
Don’t let gum disease destroy your health!
Schedule your periodontal consultation today.
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