Gum disease treatment

Gum Disease Treatment in Falls Church

You have no doubt heard the phrase "healthy gums don't bleed". Gum disease (or periodontitis) is chronic inflammation of the tooth attachment to the bone and gum. This inflammation is caused by bacteria in dental plaque and/or tartar build-up. Bleeding gums (also referred to as gingival bleeding) indicate that something is wrong, so periodontal treatment is essential.

Are bleeding gums really that serious an issue?

Bleeding gums are often dismissed as unimportant; patients experiencing bleeding gums tend to ignore the matter because they don't feel any pain. The reality is that bleeding gums will certainly lead to further complications if left untreated. Gum disease treatment should always be sought.

What are the other symptoms of gum disease?

Bad mouth odor and changes to the gingival appearance (the appearance of the gums). In the advanced cases - shifting teeth and enlarged look of the teeth.

How can I prevent bleeding gums and gum disease?

Bacteria must be regularly removed from the teeth through brushing and flossing, or they will colonize the space surrounding the tooth under the top of the gum. Inflammation here will progressively wear away the bone tissue anchoring the teeth. The teeth will then lose support, become less stable, and fall out. The process is slow and may take several years depending on the patient's genetics, medical issues, and medications. If you are suffering from gum disease, the best way to treat it is with non-surgical gum therapy.

What does gum disease treatment involve?

Gum disease is usually treated with non-surgical gum therapy. You will first require an examination to determine the right course of action. Treatment is usually performed over time, with regular assessments of your condition to discuss any further action. Non-surgical gum disease treatments include:
  • Localized Medication: This is applied below the gum line to the affected area
  • Curettage: The infected, inflamed tissue is removed to allow healthy gum tissue to grow in its place. You may need a gum graft to encourage better healing
  • Root-Planning: If the gum disease has spread to the surface of the tooth's root, minute amounts of infected root are removed and the remainder smoothed to allow healing
  • Local anesthesia is used routinely to make these procedures comfortable
  • Depending on your severity, more than one treatment may be needed. Your treatments will likely be spread out over multiple sessions so that we can monitor your progress and ensure your gums are healing properly
In the case of surgical treatment, a Periodontist will be required. Cliff Chen, DDS, MS is our resident Periodontist and is happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your gum disease treatment

What are the consequences of not treating bleeding gums?

Failing to seek treatment can have devastating consequences for your overall oral health. In particular, the fragile bone that holds the teeth in the jaw will be affected. Bone loss is incredibly difficult to treat or rectify; it causes teeth mobility, shifting, and eventually tooth loss. It is much easier to prevent it on early stages.

How can I prevent all of this?

Modern science believes in 2 factors playing a key role in development of the gum disease - bacterial assault and body response to it. While you cannot control your genetics (at least today), you can certainly control your level of oral hygiene. Here at the practice, we offer periodontal cleaning and gum infection treatment and will ensure you are educated about proper oral hygiene.If you are seeing blood when you brush your teeth or floss, it's time to take action to prevent further damage. Contact us today at 703-417-9622 for advice on our deep cleaning teeth cost and to make an appointment for a consultation. We are the most professional dentist Falls Church has, with a Russian speaking dentist who treats each patient in a friendly, caring manner. Contact our office to set up a free appointment today!