Gum Disease Therapy for Families in Charlottesville
At our Charlottesville, VA restorative dental practice, our professionals perform comfortable gum disease therapy (periodontal therapy). Creating a foundation of strong dental health for our patients begins with healthy gums. If you have gum disease and it goes untreated, you risk destruction of your gums, deterioration of your jawbone, and loss of your teeth. In fact, gum disease (periodontal disease) is the number one reason for tooth loss in American adults!
If you notice a yellowish film on your teeth, that’s plaque. Plaque is the result of bacterial colonization on your enamel. These oral bacteria feed on sugars in food, and then emit acids that decay your teeth and infect your gums. Brushing and flossing with fluoridated products every day breaks up these colonies and prevents decay and infection. Keeping a daily oral hygiene routine and visiting our Charlottesville dentist twice a year will ensure your continued good dental health.
However, more than 80% of Americans already have some form of gum disease. And 30% of the United States population is genetically predisposed toward periodontal infections. So, even if you take care of your teeth and attend regular check-ups, you may still get gum disease. Signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding during or after brushing
- Swelling or tenderness
- Looking very red or discolored
- Forming of pockets around teeth
- Loosening or shifting teeth
Please note that you may not have any signs or symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have it. So it’s very important to get your oral health regularly checked at our Charlottesville restorative dental practice. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, our well trained dental hygienists can perform deep cleanings, also called root scaling and planing, which removes calculus (hardened plaque) from your teeth.
When necessary, infected gum pockets around your teeth can be treated successfully and comfortably with the Waterlase/MD Laser, which destroys bacteria with light and water energy. The laser painlessly cuts away the infected gum tissue, leading to a tighter, healthier attachment of the gum to the root of your tooth. This infection, often called periodontal.abscess, left undetected and untreated can cause multiple issues not only for your teeth and gums, but also for your overall health.
If you’re live in Charlottesville (including the areas of Barracks, Oak Terrace, Belmont, and UVA), Crozet, or Ivy, we offer comprehensive and comfortable preventive dentistry and periodontal therapy. Schedule your exam, consultation, or second opinion visit with us and let us help you efficiently maintain your oral health.