Gum disease is a common condition with serious consequences. If left untreated, it can lead to halitosis, painful infections and even tooth loss. For gum disease treatment in Chantilly, schedule an appointment with our dental team.
At Chantilly Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand how crucial it is to take care of your gums. Healthy gums are an important part of maintaining overall good dental health. That’s why we offer comprehensive gum disease treatment to help our patients enjoy excellent oral health for years to come.
What is Gum Disease?
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, gum disease affects nearly half of all American adults over the age of 30. Gum disease, known medically as gingivitis, is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissues. The symptoms of gum disease are relatively painless and can go unnoticed until they progress. Symptoms can include swollen gums, receding gums and gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing.
Gum disease can be reversible if detected and treated early. Left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis is the more serious stage of gum disease and can lead to lasting damage without effective treatment. Symptoms of periodontitis include swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, halitosis (chronic bad breath), loosened teeth and infections in the tooth roots. Over time, your teeth may even fall out as the tooth roots and surrounding tissue decay due to infection.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is primarily caused by poor oral hygiene. This can include infrequent brushing and flossing and missing regular dental checkups. Over time, plaque will build up on the surfaces on your teeth, releasing bacteria into your mouth. The bacterial build-up attacks the sensitive gums and causes infections that can spread to the surrounding tissues, tooth roots and jaw bone if left untreated.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, other health factors can increase your risk of developing gum disease. These can include:
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Our practice offers a variety of comprehensive gum disease treatments depending on your needs, including:
Scaling and Root Planing: This non-surgical procedure is the most common and effective way to treat gum disease. Sometimes called a deep cleaning, we will perform this procedure to remove the built-up plaque from your teeth both above and below the gumline. Then we will smooth your tooth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth and prevent bacteria from adhering to them in the future.
Dental Crown Lengthening: This surgical procedure is performed to remove excess gum and bone tissue and reshape the gum line. We will typically perform this procedure to expose more of the tooth for repair. We can also offer this treatment to patients who suffer from a “gummy smile” to enhance the appearance of their teeth and gums.
Gingivectomy: This surgical procedure is performed to remove diseased gum tissue. After thoroughly cleansing your mouth, we will then reattach the healthy gum tissue to your tooth roots.
Root Surface Debridement: This non-surgical procedure is used to remove plaque below the surface of your gums. Like scaling and root planing, this treatment is like a deep cleaning and can be performed with special ultrasonic tools to clear away hard (calcified) tartar and plaque.
Pocket Reduction: This surgical procedure is performed to remove bacteria from the periodontal pocket (the gap that develops between your teeth and gums when your gum tissue recedes). We use this treatment to clean out the infection below the surface of your gums and close up the space.
For gum disease treatment in Chantilly, call our office at (571) 287-7301 to schedule an appointment. Our friendly and professional team is here to help you restore your oral health and smile with confidence again.