When teeth are not cleaned effectively, plaque can build up and cause damage to the gums. If left untreated, this will lead to gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and may cause a slew of oral health issues. In the beginning, the infection is often painless, which means that—surprisingly—the majority of the population has gum disease without knowing it. Symptoms of gum disease include:
• Bleeding gums
• Loose teeth
• New spacing between teeth
• Persistent bad breath
• Pus around the teeth and gums
• Receding gums
• Red and puffy gums
• Tenderness or discomfort
However, at Lansdowne Dental Arts, Dr. Jun H Chung offers a variety of care plans that can combat this issue. In most cases, a professional cleaning is enough to stem the growth of gum disease. Even in serious cases, a thorough scaling and root planing procedure will often be enough to alleviate any problems. Our dentists may recommend surgical treats for patients who suffer from severe gum disease. In extreme cases, portions of the bone or gum may be destroyed, and surgery may be necessary to replace and repair either the bone or the soft tissue.
To treat gum disease in Leesburg, Virginia, visit our office so that we can set up your smile reservation to meet with our talented dentist and caring staff.