Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth. This very common condition occurs when plaque—a sticky film of bacteria— builds up on the teeth and hardens. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, so when symptoms occur, it’s important to receive treatment as soon as possible.
Our mouths are naturally full of bacteria. These bacteria form a sticky, colorless “plaque” that is normally removed through regular brushing and flossing. Plaque that is not removed will become hard and form tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a professional. If it is not treated in a timely manner, gum disease is likely to occur. At Prince William Family Dental, we are proud to offer gum disease treatment that can help to restore your dental health.
Patients often overlook the signs of gum disease. It is important to be aware of these symptoms and see a dentist right away if they occur. Some of the signs of gum disease include:
At Prince William Family Dental, we are committed to helping our patients achieve excellent oral health. We offer the following treatments for patients with gum disease.
Scaling and root planing is the gold standard treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with early gum disease. The scaling process involves using special tools to reach below the gum line to remove tartar and bacteria. Then, the root planing process smooths out rough spots on the root surfaces to help prevent future buildups. This process is very effective in treating infected, irritated gum tissue.
Gum disease often causes deterioration of the jawbone, which makes it difficult to place dental implants when tooth replacement is necessary. Bone grafting procedures are used to stimulate new bone growth. Bone grafting involves applying artificial bone material and special proteins to a damaged jawbone. With time, the bone should begin to regenerate and strengthen.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, it’s crucial to seek out professional treatment as quickly as possible. It is important to receive treatment before the condition develops into something more serious.