Periodontal Gum Care – Reston, VA
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontics, or gum care, is an essential component in a healthy smile. Hardened plaque, called tartar, can irritate gums and promote gingivitis, which is early stage periodontal disease. Left untreated, this condition can escalate into periodontitis, the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
What to Expect?
North Virginia Dentist, Dr. Myles will perform a comprehensive oral examination, and configure an optimal periodontal treatment plan, at his Reston dental office, if your mouth shows signs of gum disease. He may recommend non-surgical periodontal treatment such as scaling to remove tartar below the gum line, root planing to smooth rough surfaces on tooth roots where tartar and bacteria build up, and/or Arestin antibiotic therapy to eradicate bacteria.
Dr. Myles can perform another method of periodontal treatment using soft tissue laser therapy, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery. Patients with advanced periodontitis may be referred to a trusted periodontist for specialized care.
How Serious is Gum Disease?
It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don't think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.
Seventy percent of adult tooth loss is attributed to gum disease. Recent research shows a link between patients who have gum disease and those who suffer from strokes, heart attacks, or complications with diabetes or pregnancy. Gum disease is silent in that early symptoms may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. Regular dental checkups are vital because a dental professional can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in early stages before major problems arise.
Cause & Effect
Several factors contribute to periodontal disease: plaque buildup, heredity, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums and teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health. Bacteria in your mouth will be inadvertently ingested, and this can compromise your whole-body health.
Maintaining Good Oral Health
Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home. We will recommend the products that will optimize your oral homecare, and we can also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have overcome periodontal disease, we will recommend frequent checkups to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.
Many patients fail to realize that their oral health affects their overall well-being. By offering periodontal therapy to all of our Northern Virginia patients who suffer from some form of periodontal disease, we can help them preserve the health of their smiles, augment the health of their gums, and improve their oral health. Contact Dr. Wayne Myles at our Reston dental office to find out more about your periodontal treatment options.
Scaling and Root Planing
When gum disease is left untreated, what can start as gingivitis can advance into what is known as periodontitis. This “second stage” can leave patients with increased inflammation and bleeding gums, and no amount of brushing or flossing at home will treat it. To address the problem, Dr. Myles offers scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar build up and encourage a tooth’s root to reattach to the gum tissue.
Contact Reston Dental Office about Periodontal Treatment if You Suffer from a Gum Disease
Contact us at (703) 722-6342 to find out more about your periodontal treatment options or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients in Oakton, Vienna, Reston, and across Northern Virginia, with comprehensive cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry.