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Gum Disease Washington DC

Periodontal Therapy An 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 solutions 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.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. At this stage, patients may not even be aware they suffer from gum disease because the symptoms may be mild. Signs of gingivitis include sore, red, swollen, or bleeding gums. However, there may no obvious signs at all. This is why regular dental appointments are very important. Dr. Deckard will be able to diagnose you and provide treatment to keep it from progressing.


gum disease treatment in Washington DC

Gum Disease Prevention

Plaque is a sticky substance that naturally forms on the teeth and gums. If not removed, it will build and develop into tartar. Plaque is kept at bay with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

Bacteria is present in plaque and tartar. When it sits on teeth, especially at the gum line, that 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 a 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.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

Are periodontal treatments painful?

No. You will be under local anesthesia so that you won’t feel pain during your treatment. Most treatments for gum disease are non-invasive, meaning that you will not need gum surgery. Treatment for bleeding gums can include a deep gum cleaning, comparable to a massage for your gums.

Can periodontal disease go away on its own?

No. Periodontitis does not go away without intervention from a dentist. Gingivitis has the potential to go away at home with excellent oral hygiene, but the more advanced stages need to be addressed at the dentist office.

Can children develop gum disease?

Yes. No one is completely immune to gum disease. Children with poor oral hygiene or high rates of tooth decay are much more susceptible to developing gum disease. Patients who develop gum disease in their youth are more prone to oral and systemic disease later in life. Prevent the spread of gum disease in your child by routinely visiting the dentist.