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Gum Disease Washington DC

Periodontal TherapyAn Overview

Gum disease is often defined as a progressive infection of the gum tissue. Gum disease develops from the bacteria in plaque that make their way into the gum tissue. When gum disease is left untreated, it can compromise the health, function, and appearance of the bone structure and teeth. Addressing gum disease in the earliest stages can help prevent further oral health concerns. It is important for patients to take the proper steps to improve their oral health and reduce their risk of developing gum disease.

Risk Factors Associated With Gum Disease:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Stress
  • Certain types of medications
  • Poor nutrition and obesity
  • Age

Our team at DC Precision Dentistry can work with you to determine if you can lower your risk and find ways to improve your oral health. Dr. Justin Deckard offers a full range of comprehensive, personalized solution to address various stages of gum disease. Dr. Deckard can work with patients to address any damage caused by gum disease, create a preventive care plan, and restore their oral health.

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Gum Disease Prevention

Plaque naturally forms on the teeth and gums; however, with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing, the plaque is kept at bay and does not build-up. When plaque is not properly removed, it develops in tartar. Bacteria in plaque and tartar buildup can cause gum disease. Patients with gum disease may experience symptoms like bleeding gums, receding gum line, shifting teeth, halitosis, bone loss, and tooth loss.

Practicing preventive dental care can help reduce your risk of developing gum disease. Patients should practice healthy oral hygiene routine on a daily basis, schedule routine dental care visits, and eat a well-balanced diet.

Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Dr. Deckard offers a full range of periodontal therapy solutions in our Washington, DC dental office. After a thorough examination and consultation, Dr. Deckard can develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

Periodontal Therapy in Washington, DC

The type of treatment a patient receives is dependent on the extent of damage, stage of gum disease, and overall oral health.

  • Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planning is an extensive deep cleaning. During scaling and root planing, tartar, plaque, and bacterial are gently removed from above and below the gum line. Depending on the patient, Dr. Deckard may recommend multiple rounds of scaling and root planing treatment.
  • Antibacterial rinses: Antibacterial rinses are used to treat early stage gingivitis. Antibacterial rinses can typically be introduced as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
  • Oral Surgery: In advanced stage periodontitis, the health and function of the gum tissue and bone structure are compromised. To restore oral function surgery may be required.
  • Restorative dentistry: Dr. Deckard may recommend dentures, dental implants, or a dental bridge to restore missing teeth. Advanced stage gum disease remains one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. Dr. Deckard can work with patients to find the most suitable tooth replacement option.