Gum disease can start quietly. The first symptom you may notice is tenderness or bleeding as you brush or floss your teeth. When plaque and calculus are allowed to accumulate on your teeth, your gums can become tender and inflamed before they pull entirely away from your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and even much more serious systemic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes complications! Our skilled, caring team at Perio & Implant at Washington Metro offers a variety of effective, minimally invasive treatments that will help keep gum infection under control and preserve your oral health for years to come! We partner with multiple insurance companies to ensure that your entire treatment process is easy and painless. Contact us at the first appearance of symptoms!
The good thing is that, if caught at an early stage, gum disease is both treatable and preventable! The first step is to brush and floss your teeth regularly and have regular professional cleanings and checkups. We provide multiple treatments for gum disease in Washington, DC and Rockville, MD, depending on the severity of your case and the stage of your gum disease. We’ll begin with a consultation that includes an oral examination.
Dr. Li will then assess your current oral health and provide you with a treatment plan that reflects your unique needs and goals. Depending on your anxiety level and treatment needs, we may offer sedation dentistry options to guarantee your comfort throughout your visit. We also use a Fotona LightWalker® laser for our osseous surgery and treatment of peri-implantitis, as well as extractions and connective tissue grafts. At the cutting edge of dental treatment, this laser allows us to reduce the invasiveness and pain level of procedures.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that is often our periodontist’s first line of defense against gum disease. Scaling removes the bacterial plaque from above and below the gumline, while root planing smooths tooth surfaces to encourage healthy tissue reattachment. This helps prevent future infection.
Osseous surgery is the most aggressive treatment for advanced gum disease in Rockville, MD and Washington, DC. It involves removing diseased gum tissue and repairing damaged bone to restore support to your teeth. The surgery also removes any bacteria and calculus that are trapped in the deep pockets under the teeth.
After your gum disease has been successfully treated, periodontal maintenance is recommended to ensure that it does not return. Completed every 3-4 months, this procedure involves a deep cleaning of your teeth, both above and below the gumline. Our periodontist will remove any bacteria and plaque she finds at these appointments. These deep cleanings replace your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments.
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