Periodontal disease is a common condition that can cause serious oral health issues if left untreated.
The dentists at Smile Designer of Leesburg can detect and reverse gum disease before it leads to tooth loss and significant gum recession.
See how our Leesburg, VA, office can comfortably treat your gum disease and repair any damage it may have caused.
Understanding Gingivitis and Advanced Periodontitis
Bacterial growth in your mouth can cause gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, then progresses to advanced periodontitis. Gum disease is typically preventable with routine checkups with a dentist and a good at-home oral care routine.
Gingivitis can usually be reversed with proper brushing and flossing, but advanced periodontitis will require treatment from a periodontist like Dr. Daniel Han.
Contact Our Dental Office If You Are Suffering From Gingivitis or Gum Disease
Dr. Daniel Han from Smile Designer of Leesburg is a board-certified periodontist who is trained to recognize and treat gingivitis and gum disease. Having a periodontist check your oral health means you will be examined by a specialist who is trained to recognize the symptoms of periodontitis and administer gum disease treatment.
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Periodontal Risk Factors
Even people who maintain good oral hygiene habits and visit the dentist's office regularly may be at risk for developing gum disease. Our dentists can examine your mouth and review your oral history to determine if you're at risk for periodontal disease. Risk factors that can cause gum disease include:
- Smoking and using tobacco products
- Poor nutrition
- A family history of gum disease
- Using certain medications
- Chronic medical conditions like diabetes and Crohn's disease
- Hormonal changes, especially ones associated with pregnancy or menopause
The Benefits of Treating Gum Disease At Our Offices in Leesburg and Arlington
Periodontitis can be a source of pain. Gum disease treatment can alleviate this pain while addressing other uncomfortable symptoms like bleeding gums and swelling.
Protected Oral Health
Receiving treatment for periodontal disease early can prevent serious oral health issues like gum recession and tooth loss, concerns that can require expensive solutions like dental implants to fix.
Improved Overall Health
Untreated periodontal disease can increase your risk of serious health issues like heart disease and stroke.
Treating Gum Disease With Scaling and Root Planing
Our dentists in Leesburg and Arlington can use scaling and root planing to reverse your gum disease.
Scaling: This treatment requires the use of dental tools to remove tartar from above and below the gumline.
Root planing: Root planing smooths the surfaces of the tooth roots to allow for the gums to reattach to the teeth.
Combined with antibiotics, scaling and root planing is often enough to correct periodontal disease.
A Closer Look at Scaling and Root Planing
We Use LANAP An Alternative to Conventional Surgery
If you have moderate to advanced gum disease, you may be a candidate for LANAP®, a laser treatment that can disinfect periodontal pockets, remove infected tissue without targeting healthy tissue, and regrow gum and bone tissue that was destroyed by gum disease.
LANAP is an FDA-cleared treatment that is usually completed in two sessions, lasting about two hours each. Sessions are about a week apart, but most patients can resume their normal activities quickly.
If you're interested in LANAP treatment, our dentists can determine if you're a good candidate for treatment. We will review your oral health and medical history to see if this procedure is right for you.
Maintaining Good Oral Health After Gum Disease Treatment
You should brush your teeth twice a day to minimize the bacteria present on your teeth and gums.
Patients should floss at least once a day. Dental floss removes food debris and plaque between the teeth, minimizing your risk of developing gingivitis.
Attending Dental CheckupsA professional cleaning every six months at our Leesburg or Arlington, VA, offices can contribute to your periodontal health and help ensure that you don't develop gum disease again.
Consider Full Mouth Reconstruction To Repair Your Mouth After Advanced Gum Disease
Advanced periodontal disease can lead to significant tooth loss and gum recession. Losing a tooth also causes jawbone atrophy, which can cause other teeth to shift out of place.
If you have loose teeth or missing teeth, our dentists in Arlington and Leesburg, VA, can combine cosmetic and restorative treatments to rejuvenate your smile and your oral health. Our dentists can discuss your options and plan your treatment once your periodontitis has been addressed.
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Great experience all the way around. I wasn’t really sure what to expect without having an implant before, but I felt extremely comfortable from day one and throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend Smile Designer of Leesburg.View on Google
Dr. Daniel Han is a very professional, personable and a caring doctor. He is so qualified, which gives one the confidence you need to trust him and know that everything will turn out all right. I recommend him highly!View on Google