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Gum Disease Treatment – Richmond, VA

Soothe Red & Swollen Gums

Your gums are often overlooked, but they are an important part of a healthy smile. After all, they hold the teeth in position. Although red, swollen, and bleeding gums may seem like a small irritation, it could mean that they are infected. If you do nothing about gum disease, it can escalate to the point where you lose your teeth! That’s why it’s important to seek periodontal therapy in Richmond, VA as soon as you can and keep your gums as healthy as possible.

Why Choose Brown, Reynolds, Snow, LeNoir Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Caring, Skilled Dentists with Decades of Experience
  • Customized Treatment for Each Patient
  • Two Dental Offices in Richmond

What is Gum Disease?

Woman smiling after receiving gum disease treatment in Richmond

Gum disease is an infection that occurs in the soft oral tissues that support your teeth. As bacteria accumulate, it attacks the gums and causes inflammation, tenderness, and bleeding. What can begin as gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) can quickly progress to advanced periodontitis, which includes gum pocket formations and eventually, bone and tooth loss.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Person with red swollen gums

You may not know if you have gum disease if you are not looking for particular signs. Some of the most common symptoms associated with this oral health problem include:

  • Swollen, bleeding gums
  • Tenderness of soft oral tissues
  • Bad breath
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • A change in your bite
  • Gum recession (teeth that appear longer than before)

Periodontal Disease & Systemic Health

Digital image of gum recession

What many patients don’t know is that periodontal disease affects much more than the teeth and gums. The inflammation it causes can also contribute to various systemic conditions. While research is still ongoing, it is highly likely that the presence of periodontal disease can increase one’s risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, severe periodontal disease can elevate one’s blood sugar, which may lead to dangerous complications in diabetic patients. This is another important reason why our team urges patients to seek treatment as soon as possible.

How Do We Treat Gum Disease?

Diagram of a person’s tooth and their heart and arteries

At Brown, Reynolds, Snow, LeNoir Dentistry, we use scaling and root planing to target bad bacteria within the gums. After a thorough examination, we will craft a treatment plan that encompasses how we plan to address the issue as well as what you can do to manage it in between appointments.

Scaling & Root Planing

Once gum disease has progressed to a certain point, a regular dental cleaning isn’t enough to clear out the bacteria. In this case, we go beneath the gum line, where plaque and bacteria have become trapped in deep pockets. This deep cleaning process is called scaling. Then, we make it easier for the gum tissue to reattach and harder for the infection to return by evening out the rough root surfaces, which is called root planing.