Periodontal Therapy – Richmond, VA
Soothe Red &
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 Periodontal Therapy?
- Caring, Skilled Dentists with Decades of Experience
- Customized Treatment for Each Patient
- Two Dental Offices in Richmond
Periodontal Disease & Systemic Health
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.
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.