Gum Disease TreatmentAn Overview
Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and inflammation. While most patients will experience some level of gum disease in their lifetime, without routine dental care most do not realize they have gum disease until it begins to cause damage to gum tissue or teeth.
Early diagnosis is essential for prompt, effective treatment. During your regular visit to our Inwood, WV dentist office we screen for periodontal disease and offer personalized oral hygiene advice for maintaining good oral health.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Healthy gums support your teeth and help create a balanced and beautiful smile. Gum disease can damage the gum tissue causing them to bleed, recede, or swell. Left untreated, advanced gum disease can affect the integrity of the teeth as supporting structure in the gums is weakened. If you notice changes in your oral health, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Banks.
- Bleeding gums
- Shifting teeth
- Feeling that teeth are loose
- Change in fit of oral appliance
- Tender or swollen gums
- Red gums
- Recession of gum line
- Chronic halitosis
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Myself and my children, my daughter Alex and my son Chris, have been patients of Dr. Banks ever since he opened his practice. I wouldn't have it any other way. Kind, efficient, friendly but most of all have had the best medical service every time. The kids have been going…Sue M.
Gum Disease Treatment What to Expect
Dr. Banks provides comprehensive treatment plans for gum disease. Depending on the progression of the periodontal disease, Dr. Banks may recommend different combinations of treatments for optimal results.
Smile Designs of the Shenandoah Valley provides thorough gum disease screenings at every oral health exam for the well-being of our patients. Consistent preventive dental care can help Dr. Banks catch the signs of gum disease in the earliest stages for a chance at effective treatment and to avoid further health complications.
Periodontal Therapy Treatment Options
- Scaling & Root Planing: When caught early, gingivitis and gum disease can often be treated with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planning. Dr. Banks will use a special tool to remove plaque and bacteria build up.
- Laser Dentistry: Laser dentistry is a revolutionary dental technique that reduces downtimes, swelling and discomfort. Laser therapy can be used to clean the deep pockets in the gums where bacteria thrives. Laser therapy can also help to contour gum lines for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.