Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, is a serious condition that occurs because of bacterial infection affecting the gum and bone around your teeth. While the early stages of periodontal disease have relatively minor systems, but it can cause serious problems if left untreated, including the loss of your natural teeth. Over half of the American adult population today suffers from a level of periodontal disease, but many aren’t even aware of it because the symptoms tend to be invisible until the later, more destructive stages. Here at Smile by Design, our expert team is well-equipped to save your smile from jeopardy and get your gums back to healthy levels. We’re happy to provide thorough periodontal treatment to our patients in Virginia Beach and beyond!
Common symptoms of the condition include:
If these sound familiar, please call our Virginia Beach practice today so that we can schedule you in for an expert evaluation. And remember – even if you aren’t exhibiting any of the symptoms, periodontal disease can sometimes remain invisible until it begins to cause permanent damage. Attend regular check-ups at Smile by Design so that we can keep an eye on your gums and make sure your smile stays in tip-top shape.
Sadly, periodontal disease is not fully curable. However, we can help bring its progression to a grinding halt with techniques from our dedicated team in Virginia Beach, VA.
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective ways to treat periodontal disease before it becomes too severe. This method involves a deep, thorough cleaning between the gum and the teeth, all the way down to the roots. It involves very little discomfort and proves very effective in stopping the effects of periodontal disease. However, it’s crucial to follow up the treatment with a diligent brushing and flossing routine; without proper dental care, periodontal disease can begin to progress again.
Then, if your gum tissue responds well to the treatment, we’ll simply have you come in for a recall visit every 3-4 months to keep the periodontal disease in check. We can also prescribe you with periodontal medication, such as Arestin, Oraqix, or Peridex. These are all available to you as substances you can use alongside good oral hygiene and regular periodontal check-ups in order to bolster your health and keep your gums happy.