Many people have gum disease but may not be aware that they have the condition. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease is usually preceded by gum swelling and bleeding, or gingivitis. Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS offers periodontal therapy to patients in Washington, D.C. This restorative dentistry solution encompasses multiple treatment options that are used to remove infection and keep teeth and gums healthy.
Gum Disease: Causes and Symptoms
Common causes of gum disease include:
- Tobacco Use
- Improper oral hygiene
- Certain medications
There are also many signs of periodontitis to look out for:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
- Gum swelling
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Call 202-315-2188 if any of these conditions sound familiar. We will work with you to find a solution that aligns well with your budget and goals.
Periodontal Disease Treatments at Foxhall Smiles
There is an array of solutions that are used to treat patients with gum disease at all stages. Some common treatments include:
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing are often used in conjunction to help clean gums and fight gum inflammation. Scaling is utilized to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line to provide a deep clean to the bottom of the gum pocket. Root planing smooths out tooth roots and helps the gums reattach to teeth.
Gum graft surgery: During this treatment, mouth tissue is taken from one area and then used to cover tooth roots. Tooth loss that often occurs in later stages of periodontitis can be prevented with gum grafting.
Flap surgery: During this procedure, the gums are lifted and tartar is cleaned from beneath them. Deep gum pockets can be treated effectively with this treatment option.
Antibiotics can help remove bacteria that cause infection, but when an infection is severe they may not be enough. These common surgical and non-surgical methods are effective in removing infection at the source.
Periodontal Therapy FAQs
Is gum disease repairable?
Millions of people suffer from the issue of gum recession, which if untreated could result in the loss of teeth and bone structure. Periodontal surgery can substantially restore the damage and stop recession from progressing.
Is gum disease genetic?
Studies have shown that heredity may play a role in periodontal disease, therefore your genetic make-up may potentially increase your risk of developing periodontitis. Regardless of your predisposition to developing gum disease, it is important to take good care of your teeth and gums to avoid future issues.
What happens if you leave gum disease untreated?
When a patient has gum disease, their soft tissue is harmed by an infection, and the bone that supports them erodes. If the disease is not treated, the bone will eventually deteriorate, causing the teeth to become loose and fall out.
How common is gum disease?
Some degree of gum disease is present in almost half (46%) of all persons aged 30 or older; with roughly 9% of adults suffering from severe gum disease. Good oral hygiene and routine professional cleanings can help prevent and treat gum disease.
Request a Periodontal Evaluation Today
Do you think you could be developing periodontitis? You can contact Foxhall Smiles at 202-315-2188 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Catanzano and his team online. Dr. Catanzano and his dental staff only use the most modern dental care treatments.