Many patients notice that when they brush or floss their teeth, a small amount of blood appears in the sink. This is known as gingivitis or early-stage gum disease. While gingivitis is not a dental emergency, it is a sign that your gum health is at risk due to excess buildup of plaque and tartar surrounding your gum line.
It’s important to be proactive about your gum health, and remember to brush and floss thoroughly after meals to avoid food residue build-up. Gwaltney Dental helps patients avoid the signs and symptoms of gum disease by providing thorough, routine dental cleanings.
We are also happy to provide periodontal treatment solutions for patients who have progressed past early-stage gum disease. Learn more about our periodontal disease treatment solutions below.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Suffolk, VA
Dr. Steve Gwaltney, Dr. J.Ryland Gwaltney, and Dr. Whitney Gwaltney offer restorative dentistry in Suffolk, VA. Taking a team approach to dentistry, our doctors help patients every day restore their beautiful and healthy smiles. If you’ve experienced the signs and symptoms of gum disease, it is likely you will need periodontal disease treatment to restore your gum health. Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Tender, bleeding gums
- Inflammed, discolored gums
- Receding gum line
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity
Left untreated, gum disease may lead to permanent soft tissue loss or even tooth loss. It’s important to see your dentist as soon as you notice that something is wrong with your gum health. If caught during its earlier stages, gum disease can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning. However, if your gum disease progresses too far, we will have to treat it using our periodontal disease treatment plans.
Periodontal disease treatment plans may include a procedure known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, we go below your gum line into the deep pockets of your soft tissues and remove any bacteria that has eaten its way into your gums. To restore your gums, we may also include laser dentistry solutions to ensure you do not experience pain or discomfort while we operate on these sensitive tissues.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
The best way to avoid gum disease progression is to schedule routine oral health and wellness visits with your Suffolk, VA dentist. If it has been over six months since you’ve sat in the dental chair, call us today to schedule your next dental cleaning. If you suspect you are suffering from the signs and symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment online for a restorative dentistry consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon.