The gums help support healthy teeth. When the gums are in poor health, patients can experience a wide range of complications that can affect the health and function of the teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. When gum disease is left untreated, it may lead to tooth loss, gum recession, and bone loss. Addressing gum disease in the earliest stage allows your dentist to treat your gums using conservative methods. The longer gum disease is left untreated, the more likely you will need advanced treatment to restore your gum and overall health.
Dr. John Cranham is a highly trained dentist in Chesapeake, VA. Dr. Cranham offers periodontal therapy services for patients dealing with various stages of gum disease. If you are experiencing symptoms such as bleeding gums, halitosis, shifting teeth, or swollen gums, be sure to visit the dentist as soon as possible.
Common Treatments For Gum Disease
- Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the areas above and below the gum line. Scaling and root planing help remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the tooth root and the areas around the gum line.
- Gum Grafting: If patients experience extensive damage to the gums, they may need gum grafting surgery to restore their gum tissue. If applicable, your dentist may use healthy gum tissue from an area in your mouth. In other cases, your dentist may need to use donor tissue to restore your gums.
- Laser Therapy: Dental lasers may be used to remove diseased tissue from the gums. Laser dentistry is fast, efficient, and safe. Laser dentistry offers benefits like minimal bleeding and irritation, faster healing time, and in many cases, there’s no need for sutures.
- Dental Implant: In advanced case of gum disease, patients may lose one or more teeth. Your dentist may recommend dental implants to restore lost teeth. Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth making them the ideal solution for tooth replacement.
Schedule An Appointment
If you would like to explore your treatment options, visit our Chesapeake, VA dental office. To schedule an appointment, call 757.656.4109 or request an appointment online.