Gum disease goes beyond the mouth. Many studies have indicated that in addition to affecting over half of American adults and being the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease can negatively affect your health. The good news is that in its early stages, gum disease, or periodontitis, is reversible, and early detection and treatment doesn’t have to destroy your smile. Ridgetop Dental is a leading provider of periodontal therapy in Sterling, VA and has helped many patients overcome gum disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, gum disease, and periodontitis all refer to infection of the gum tissue and jawbone. It starts with bacteria in the mouth causing inflammation, and left untreated can lead to tooth loss and serious health problems.
Gum Disease Stages
The first and most easily reversible form of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums without bone loss. Plaque builds up on teeth and inflames the gums, but the teeth are still stable in the jaw. Most people notice gingivitis if they see blood when they brush their teeth. Left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease.
When the infection has reached the underlying jaw bone, periodontal disease requires more advanced treatment. Bacteria erode the gums and cause pockets to form around the teeth, enabling more bacteria. Over time, teeth can become loose and fall out, or require extraction.
Periodontal Therapy in Northern Virginia
Modern dentistry and cutting-edge techniques have allowed Ridgetop Dental to offer the highest quality periodontal therapy gum disease treatment. Every patient’s situation is different, but there are four key treatments we can use to help restore your smile:
- Early signs: For patients experiencing very early signs of gum disease, Dr. Datta and his team of trained dentists can offer personalized oral hygiene tips, such as flossing more thoroughly, brushing more often, or even recommend more frequent office visits.
- Gingivitis: The first and most reversible stage of gum disease can be treated with antibacterial rinses to be used at home, which reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth. This prevents bacteria from multiplying and spreading deeper into the gum tissue.
- Advanced gum disease: scaling and root planing is a more extensive treatment involving the removal of hardened plaque from the gum line and tooth roots. Once plaque has hardened into tartar, it cannot be removed by brushing at home.
- Laser dentistry: Ridgetop Dental uses laser dentistry to treat advanced gum disease to remove diseased tissue. Laser dentistry offers several key benefits, such as minimized pain and recovery time, higher treatment accuracy, and it promotes natural healing.
Periodontal Therapy in Sterling, VA
Ridgetop Dental uses state-of-the-art technology and our dentists have advanced training in gum disease treatment techniques. Schedule your appointment online or call our office at (703) 520-7410 to repair your smile and protect your health.