It’s wise to be concerned about your gum health. People are more likely to lose their teeth to gum disease than to cavities. Gum health has also been linked to a wide variety of other conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.

Brushing and flossing go a long way, but don’t be disheartened if you have gum problems anyway. Some people are genetically predisposed to gum issues.

Capital Dental Design in Richmond can help improve your gum health.  Contact us today to book an appointment, or read on to find out more about gum disease and treatment options.

Scaling, Root Planing, and Periodontal Debridement

You can see tartar that’s accumulated on the outside of your tooth. But sometimes that tartar also gets under the gum line. That in turn infects the gums.

When your gums get infected enough they start to pull away from your teeth. That forms what’s called a pocket, where even more plaque and bacteria get trapped, exacerbating your gum issues.  By cleaning beneath the gum line we make it possible for your gums to heal and reattach to your teeth. 

Gum Pocket Reduction Surgery

Sometimes scaling and root planing aren’t enough to close the pockets in your gums. Extra-deep pockets will need a bit more care.  Gum pocket reduction surgery involves folding back your gum tissue so we may remove the bacteria directly from the pocket. We also spot any bone issues in that particular zone of your mouth, and we may contour your bone to help eliminate them.  Again, the goal is to give your gums a healthy surface to reattach to. 

Gingival Grafts and Bone Regeneration

Sometimes gum disease leads to gum recession and loss. That’s a serious problem that can lead to tooth loss.

One possible solution is a gingival graft. In that surgery Dr. Forbes removes a bit of tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitches it onto your existing gum tissue. That tissue soon incorporates into your gums.

Gum disease can also lead to bone loss directly. Without a healthy bone it’s impossible to support your teeth. Modern science allows us to place a biocompatible membrane on your jawbone. That encourages your body to begin regenerating bone tissue.

The above procedures may be necessary before we can place dental implants.

Contact Capital Dental Design today to get those gums fixed up

Call Capital Dental Design in Richmond at (804) 320-8894 today to make a gum-health appointment.

“Yesterday was my 1st visit. I’m deathly afraid of any dentist. Dr. Forbes was pleasant and took the time to make me feel comfortable. He even accommodated my schedule to get me back in today to fill my cavities. His staff is equally pleasant. I am 47 years old and for the first time in my life I have found my forever dentist. Thank you, Capital Dental Design!” -Natikki Velez

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