Gum Disease Treatment - Richmond, VA

Restoring Healthy Gums for a Healthy You

gum disease after procedure

Gum Tissue Treatment with a Soft Touch

Healthy gums are a protective barrier that prevent infection from negatively impacting your oral health, teeth and even your overall health. As many as 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease is caused by plaque and bacterial buildup around your gumline. If left untreated, this can lead to periodontitis, a more advanced gum infection that impacts bone and fibers that support your teeth. At this point, spaces between your teeth and gums form periodontal pockets that are highly vulnerable to plaque, bacteria and tartar build-up. Damage to supporting structures can cause your gums to recede and/or gaps to form between your teeth. Periodontal treatment in Richmond, VA focuses on correcting functional and aesthetic problems that can limit eating, jeopardize your dental health and make you feel self-conscious. Our skilled dentist Dr. Han offers customized soft tissue periodontal treatments, starting with scaling and root planning. Treating gum disease in its early stages helps prevents negative repercussions to your oral and general health, including tooth loss. Our goal is to gently rebalance and restore your gums so you can live a functional and healthy life!

Signs of Gum Disease

Targeted Treatment for Gum Disease

Our dentist Dr. Han has expertise treating every stage of periodontal disease in Richmond, VA, from gingivitis treatment to targeted procedures to eliminate periodontal pockets. We never want worrying about the cost of gum disease treatment to be an obstacle to restoring your oral health. At Advanced Dental Care , we partner with multiple insurance companies and offer third-party financing to help make getting this vital treatment more affordable. Once our dentist resolves your gum disease, the best way to prevent a recurrence is to brush and floss your teeth every day and get routine dental checkups and professional cleanings twice a year. It’s possible to keep your natural teeth forever and live a more comfortable and healthier life with regular preventive dental care and good oral health habits!

Restorative Gum Disease Treatments

This nonsurgical, two-part deep cleaning is more intensive than a standard professional cleaning and is often the first line treatment for gingivitis. During the first step, our dentist carefully cleans root surfaces under the gumline to remove plaque and tartar. Then root planing is done to smooth rough spots on your tooth roots and remove bacterial toxins.

A few months after a professional cleaning, bacterial plaque can cause gum disease to recur. At Advanced Dental Care , we recommend periodontal maintenance with deeper cleanings about every three to four months to help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Gum disease severity, response to other procedures, plaque growth rate and how well you take care of your gums and teeth at home determines how often you’ll need this done.

Eliminating or reducing pockets caused by gum disease is the primary goal of osseous surgery. During the procedure, Dr. Han numbs the area with a local anesthetic and administers sedation if needed. A small incision is made in your gumline and the gums are folded back to access and remove bacteria. Once the bacteria is removed, the areas where bone damage has occurred are smoothed. If you incurred severe bone damage, we offer techniques including bone grafts and guided tissue regeneration to restore bone health. It may take a few days to recover from osseous surgery and we’ll provide postsurgical tips including dietary changes and pain-relieving medications to ensure you recover quickly.

Similar to gum disease but generally more aggressive, peri-implantitis is a site-specific gum infection that causes inflammation around dental implants. In early stages, symptoms are relatively mild and easily treated. Most patients experience swollen gums, tenderness and sensitivity in their mouth. If surgical treatment is needed, Dr. Han uses a minimally-invasive laser to reduce bacteria and treat the damaged bone. This procedure can often save an implant from failure, while reducing pain and discomfort associated with conventional treatment.

Soft tissue damaged by gum disease can pull away from your teeth, leaving deep pockets that trap plaque and bacteria. During this in-office procedure at Advanced Dental Care , excessive, overgrown or diseased gum tissue is removed using a surgical scalpel or laser. When excision is complete, your gums are gently reshaped and reattached for a snug fit along your tooth line.

Our dentist offers three types of gingival or gums grafts to treat gum recession caused by gum disease and alleviate functional problems. The first method involves removing a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or nearby healthy gum tissue and attaching it to the recessed area. A connective gum graft also involves opening a small flap on the roof of your mouth, although the graft is removed from under the top layer of tissue. A pedicle graft creates a flap of tissue from an area right next to your gum recession and uses this to cover the receding gum tissue.

Treat Gum Disease for a Healthy Smile and Life!

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