Harmful bacteria cause gum disease or periodontitis. These bacteria can build up on the teeth and gums, particularly if patines do not properly brush or floss their smiles. Bacteria feed on food debris left on the gums and create digestive acids that irritate the gum tissue. Over time, patients can experience swollen and irritated gums. Eventually, gum disease leads to gum recession and bone loss. Dr. Stan Nova offers periodontal disease treatment for patients in Gaithersburg, MD. Gum disease treatment restores oral health and helps prevent reinfection.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Patients with gum disease often experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Swollen and irritated gums
- Red or purple gums
- Loose teeth
Please contact us if you have noticed any signs of gum disease or changes in your gum health. Even if you have gingivitis or swollen gums, you can experience painful symptoms that can become gum disease over time.
Treating Gum Disease in Gaithersburg, MD
Scaling and root planing are deep-cleaning treatments that we offer in-office to remove bacterial buildup from the teeth and gums. When bacteria build-up, they form a sticky film called plaque. As plaque hardens, it creates calculus, also known as tartar. Patients can find it difficult to remove tartar, even with good oral hygiene. Our dental hygienists use dental tools to remove bacteria buildup from the teeth and gums.
Dental lasers can provide gum surgery without sutures. Lasers are small, handheld tools we use to precisely remove infected gum tissue. Additionally, dental lasers not only remove infected gum tissue but help patients regrow healthy gums. We will also recommend gum grafting as needed for patients with receding gums. Gum recession can expose the tooth roots and leave patients prone to loose teeth. Grafting takes healthy gum tissue from one part of the mouth and places it over receded gums to support healthy gum growth.
Renew Your Gum Health
Do you have gum problems? Call our dental office at (240) 226-1482 or schedule a dental consultation with us online. We welcome patients’ questions about their symptoms or treatment options.