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Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment services offered in the greater Bethesda and Gaithersburg, MD area

Almost half of all adults 30 and older have gum disease of some form. At Smile Design Studio of Bethesda in Gaithersburg and Bethesda, Maryland, the experienced dental team is dedicated to preserving the health of your gums and ensuring a strong foundation for your smile. Make an appointment for gum disease treatment by calling the office or through this website.

What is gum disease, and why is treatment essential?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including: 

  • Gum recession
  • Tooth mobility
  • Tooth loss 

Gum disease treatment is essential to prevent further damage and restore gum health.

How do I know if I need gum disease treatment?

Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Formation of pockets between teeth and gums 

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to get an evaluation at Smile Design Studio of Bethesda to determine the extent of gum disease and the appropriate treatment.

What gum disease treatments are available?

The dental team customizes gum disease treatment to your case. Mild cases of gum disease, known as gingivitis, require heightened attention to at-home oral hygiene. The team teaches you how to best brush and floss to avoid the progression of gum disease.

If you have more advanced gum disease, you may need:

Scaling and root planing

This non-surgical procedure involves deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. Scaling removes tartar and bacteria from above and below the gum line, while root planing smoothes the tooth roots to discourage further bacterial growth. It's a cornerstone of gum disease treatment, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.

Laser therapy 

Laser therapy is an advanced technique that uses laser energy to target and remove infected gum tissue. The laser also helps stimulate gum tissue regeneration. This minimally invasive approach is often more comfortable for patients and promotes faster healing with less bleeding and swelling than traditional methods.

How effective are gum disease treatments?

Gum disease treatments have proven to be highly effective in stopping the progression of gum disease and promoting gum health. Regular follow-up appointments and consistent oral hygiene practices are essential to maintain the results achieved through these treatments. Your provider may recommend more frequent cleanings and checkups to keep your mouth healthy.

If you could benefit from gum disease treatment, call Smile Design Studio of Bethesda to set up an appointment or use this website to book.