Gum Disease Sterling, VA

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Gum disease affects over 75% of adult patients and remains a leading cause of tooth loss. Preventable and treatable, periodontal disease is something that we screen for during all routine dental visits at Ridgetop Dental in Northern VA. Dr. Datta Malyavantham and his associates emphasize the importance of maintaining healthy gums and provide personalized care to address your unique lifestyle habits and risk factors for gum disease.

Most patients do not realize that the gums are the support structure for the teeth- and healthy gums play an important role in maintaining both the integrity of your smile and the prevention of other health concerns.

Studies have shown the role that the “mouth-body” connection plays in the development and severity of systemic and cardiovascular related disease. It is also important for patients with existing disease to monitor gum health as certain medications, treatments and disease itself can affect the ability to keep the gums in optimal condition.

Dr. Datta and our staff will screen for gum disease and offer periodontal therapy to address the stages and symptoms of gum disease. Restoring healthy gums will support your long term oral health and physical well being.

We will evaluate your gum health during routine visits and make recommendations for appropriate treatment as necessary. In most cases, regular visits with us will greatly reduce your risk for advanced gum disease, allowing us to monitor your gum health twice a year and spot developing disease early on for prompt treatment.

Schedule An Appointment

Ridgetop Dental has two convenient locations in Northern VA, serving patients from many areas including Reston, Herndon, Vienna, Sterling, Oakton, Fairfax and Ashburn. We welcome new patients and offer state of the art dental care in a compassionate environment focused on your specific needs.

Been away from the dentist?

If you have been avoiding the dentist due to fear and dental anxiety, we welcome you to our practice and offer sedation dentistry options for your complete comfort. If you are suffering with poor oral health but are afraid to receive the dentistry you need or desire, a visit with our dedicated, caring and highly trained staff will put you at ease and educate you on how to restore your smile without stress.

To schedule your appointment, request an appointment online or call one of our two Northern VA office locations:

  • Sterling: (703) 594-4009
  • Reston: (571) 616-9685
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Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Treatment for gum disease is dependent upon the stage and severity of your infection. Dr. Datta, Dr. Shaw or Dr. Sensenbrenner will thoroughly evaluate the condition of your gums and your overall oral health before recommending treatment.

Ridgetop Dental uses advanced treatment options, including laser dentistry, to restore healthy gums and offers individualized care and advice to help you keep them healthy between visits.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease

  • Antibacterial rinses/at home oral hygiene: for gingivitis or mild gum disease, we may recommend at home regimens that can include the use of an anti-bacterial rinse. This will reduce the presence of harmful bacteria for patients with existing disease or at greater risk of developing chronic gum disease.
  • Scaling and root planing: an intense cleaning and removal of plaque built up along the gum line and tooth roots, this process can often stop progression and allow infected tissue to heal.
  • Laser dentistry: using a process known as laser pocket reduction, a dental laser can be used to gently remove diseased tissue and stimulate the healing in deep pockets along the gum line that have developed due to advanced periodontal disease. This can eliminate the need for oral surgery in many cases, offering treatment that is effective, relatively painless and with fewer side effects.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

Does periodontal therapy hurt?

No. Periodontal therapy does not cause unmanageable pain. We do our best to make sure you are completely comfortable, and that your mouth is fully numb before starting the procedure. Some patients even decide to opt for sedation options to alleviate fear and anxieties during the procedure.

Is periodontal treatment covered by insurance?

If you have dental insurance, your plan may provide full or partial coverage for periodontal therapy. Generally, dental policies cover some portion of the cost of preventive care, oral surgery, and restorative treatments. We can contact your provider to see if they are willing to cover the cost. We also recommend that you contact them directly as well.

How long does periodontal treatment take?

The actual periodontal treatment can take just one visit to the dentist office. It may take a while for bleeding gums, and other symptoms to go away. In most cases, gingivitis usually clears up within one to two weeks.

Can bleeding gums be cured?

Yes. Bleeding gums can be cured with effective periodontal therapy treatments. It is not likely to return with proper oral hygiene after your periodontal treatment(s). Your dentist at Ridgetop Dental will also provide personalized recommendations to help you keep your gums healthy and disease-free!

Can bleeding gums cause bad breath?

Yes! Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is an early sign of periodontal disease. Bacteria releases bad odors when left to flourish in your mouth. This is the result of poor oral hygiene, and food particles left in your mouth.

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