To prevent tooth loss and serious health complications, it is essential to treat periodontal disease properly and continue to keep it in check. In Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey offer specialized periodontics treatment in this certified center for dental medicine. The Smile Center has a very high rate of success treating gingivitis and periodontitis, even for patients with long-standing disease.
Our team at The Smile Center can help you control periodontal disease and prevent re-infection. To schedule your office appointment, please contact us today.
Gum disease is very common, affecting millions of Americans every year. It stems from natural bacteria in the mouth that forms a plaque coating on our teeth. The plaque can be removed with targeted brushing and flossing, but if it remains on the teeth, it hardens into tartar. This stubborn substance can only be removed with professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
If cleanings are not regularly scheduled, gum inflammation is likely to result. Symptoms of gum disease often begin to show up in the 30’s and 40’s, but can occur earlier in some patients. Some people have a genetic predisposition, but cases are also commonly caused by smoking, prescription medications, female hormonal changes, and inadequate oral hygiene.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, presenting with symptoms that include red, swollen gums and bleeding. This condition can be reversed with improved oral hygiene habits and regular professional dental cleanings. Periodontitis is a more advanced condition that can lead to breaking down of bone and connective tissue. If periodontitis is not treated, deep pockets can form around the teeth and the teeth may eventually become loose.
Tooth loss in middle age is common, and in many cases, the cause is periodontal disease. In recent years, a connection has been made between periodontitis and other health conditions. This oral-systemic connection has associated untreated gum disease with higher risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, even some forms of cancer. Pregnant women with untreated periodontitis are also prone to low birth weight babies.
At The Smile Center, we treat periodontal disease as a whole-health concern rather than just a dental issue. We conduct advanced diagnostic testing that pinpoints the specific type of bacteria causing infection. The presence of certain bacteria and proteins can connect a periodontal condition with an underlying medical concern, such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems.
Our gum disease treatment includes deep root cleaning and the use of lasers to sterilize periodontal pockets. We use relaxation techniques to help patients remain comfortable throughout the procedure. After treatment, Dr. Parr or Dr. Frey may provide vitamin recommendations and a prescription for targeted pharmaceutical drugs. These can help ensure complete recovery and prevent reoccurrence of infection.
Our patients achieve consistently excellent results with our periodontal program, and we are proud of the role we play in protecting the health of many. Through diagnostic testing, we have discovered life-threatening conditions in the early stages, helping patients to prevent further complications.
The following symptoms may indicate the presence of periodontal disease:
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office today.