Gum disease is a very common dental concern that we treat in our office. Beyond offering thorough dental cleanings to stop the development of gum disease, we can also help you restore your smile after experiencing gum disease. As your trusted restorative dentist in Glyndon, MD, Dr. Leah Romay can help restore your smile from the negative effects of gum disease.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Glyndon, MD
To treat gum disease, often we will recommend scaling and root planning to help deep clean the pockets of your gums that hold built-up bacteria. It’s important to treat gum disease sooner rather than later because this excess bacteria can begin to eat away at your gum line and cause gum recession or even tooth loss.
Dr. Romay is happy to answer any questions you might have about periodontal disease treatment. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
How can I prevent gum disease development?
The best way to prevent gum disease development is to schedule regular oral health and wellness appointments with your general dentist. During these appointments, our staff will clean your dental structures and rid your gum line of any plaque or tartar buildup.
This buildup is the cause of gum disease and needs to be professionally removed by a dental professional. By scheduling regular oral health and wellness appointments once every six months, plaque and tartar buildup will be removed from your smile before it gets the chance to cause extensive damage.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
The first sign of gum disease development is gingivitis or bleeding gums. If you notice a small amount of blood in the sink after brushing or flossing, this is a good sign that you are in need of a thorough cleaning.
Other symptoms may include inflamed gums, gum recession, gum tenderness, loose teeth, teeth sensitivity, or bad breath. Report any of these symptoms to your dentist at your next appointment.
How long does periodontal treatment take?
The average gum surgery procedure lasts two hours. In some circumstances, patients will need to be asleep or semi-conscious during the surgery. Sometimes the operation only entails numbing the gums using a local anesthetic, however the numbing injection used may cause some minor discomfort.
How long is periodontal surgery recovery?
It may take up to two weeks for your gums to fully recover, so it’s critical that you follow your dentists instructions. During this time be careful when chewing and engaging in strenuous activity, as your body is still healing.
How painful is periodontal treatment?
Periodontal treatment is not painful. You may experience some discomfort after treatment, but you will be numbed for the actual procedure. Discomfort after treatment should only last a few days.
Are you put to sleep for periodontal surgery?
Patients are either put to sleep or numbed using conscious sedation during periodontal surgery. Treatment generally takes about 2 hours in total to complete.
Can bone regenerate after periodontal disease?
After periodontal disease, bone cannot regenerate on its own; however, bone grafts and tissue-stimulating proteins can help to encourage regrowth in regions where bone was lost.
Can laser treatment cure periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can be effectively treated using laser therapy. According to recent controlled research, lasers produce comparable outcomes to other treatment options, such as scaling and root planing.
Schedule An Appointment
Are you in need of periodontal disease treatment? Do you suspect you are showing signs of gum disease development? Dr. Leah Romay is happy to evaluate your smile and offer you a treatment plan to restore your dental health and your peace of mind. Please schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.