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About Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment Q&A

Gum disease treatments rid your mouth of harmful infections and can prevent complications like gum abscesses and jawbone loss. At Albemarle Dental Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia, the dental experts provide several gum disease treatment strategies to put your oral health back on track. To explore gum disease treatments, call Albemarle Dental Associates or request an appointment online today.

What is gum disease treatment?

Gum disease treatment is a way of managing the effects of gum disease and improving your oral health. Gum disease is common and develops for a number of reasons. Primarily, it arises because of plaque buildup on your teeth. 

However, you might be genetically susceptible to it and therefore at a higher-than-average risk. 

While you can prevent or even reverse mild cases of gum disease with great oral hygiene and regular dental visits, advanced gum disease requires more intensive care at Albemarle Dental Associates. 

Fortunately, the team offers some of the most advanced approaches to gum disease treatment using state-of-the-art technology and prescriptions.

How do I know if I need gum disease treatment?

Gum disease develops gradually and starts out subtly enough that it can be hard to recognize its symptoms. In fact, you might think some of its milder symptoms are just a normal part of life. 

However, the team at Albemarle Dental Associates can recognize early signs of gum disease during your regular exams. You should also book an appointment if you experience these more evident signs and symptoms:

  • Gum redness, tenderness, and swelling
  • Gums that are prone to bleeding
  • Pain while chewing or biting down
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Pockets between your gums and teeth
  • Oozing pus between your teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Constant bad breath

The team at Albemarle Dental Associates confirms your diagnosis of gum disease and can offer various options for gum disease treatment depending on how far the infection has advanced. 

How does gum disease treatment work?

Albemarle Dental Associates provides gum disease treatment that can control the infection. After careful examination, the team makes a treatment plan involving one or more of these approaches:


ARESTIN is an antibiotic used in tandem with scaling and root planing. The team places the ARESTIN microspheres into your gum pockets to kill bacteria and alleviate the infection. 

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is part of a deep teeth cleaning for gum disease. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from around and under your gums, and root planing primes the roots of your teeth for gum reattachment. 

Gum disease laser therapy

Laser therapy removes bacteria and damaged gum tissue using a high-intensity laser light. The laser sterilizes the area and allows you to avoid treatment with scalpels, drills, sutures, and other more invasive tools. 

Gum disease treatment can eliminate an infection in a timely manner, and the infection will stay away when you maintain your focus on good oral hygiene. To book a consultation for gum disease treatment, call Albemarle Dental Associates or request one online today.