The term periodontics refers to the dental specialty that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone. Healthy gums and bone are essential to keeping your teeth forever. Dr. DeWitt and his staff are well trained in non-surgical and surgical periodontal care. In more advanced cases, Dr. DeWitt will coordinate periodontal treatment with a specialist.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is a progressive condition, which can start with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Symptoms can include red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, but in some cases has no noticeable symptoms. Antibiotic treatments can be used in combination with scaling and root planing, curettage, surgery, or as a stand-alone treatment to help reduce bacteria before and/or after many common periodontal procedures.
Localized Gum Recession
The infection which propagates moderate or advanced gum disease often begins in one area. Gum recession may also be caused due to over brushing with a hard bristle brush, or due to a tooth that is not positioned properly. Immediate treatment is required to prevent further spreading.
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Due to the fact that periodontal disease is progressive, it is vital to remove the bacteria and calculus build up to stop the spread of the infection. Dr. DeWitt will also advise you on effective cleaning methods and treatment options.
If you have gum disease in Vienna VA then you may want to consider seeing a dentist who can help with any issues regarding your gums. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and if left untreated can become periodontitis, which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Our dentist in Vienna VA specializes in the treatment of gum disease and can treat the early stages of periodontitis with deep cleaning procedures.