Periodontal Disease Treatment

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Chevy Chase and Gaithersburg, MD

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Are you experiencing discomfort in your gums? Have you noticed bleeding during brushing or flossing? At Morrison Cosmetic & General Dentistry, expert cosmetic dentist Eric Morrison, DDS, and the professional team understand the importance of a healthy smile. They provide superior periodontal disease treatment tailored to your needs, delivering comprehensive care to restore and maintain your periodontal health. To learn more, schedule a consultation at the Chevy Chase or Gaithersburg, Maryland, location. You can reach out online or call the office directly.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common condition affecting the tissues surrounding your teeth. It often begins with the accumulation of plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria. If you don’t remove it with regular brushing and flossing, the plaque can harden and turn into tartar, leading to inflammation of your gums.

Several factors contribute to the development of periodontal disease, including poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, and genetic predisposition. Hormonal changes in women, certain medications, and conditions compromising the immune system can also increase the risk.

What are signs I may have periodontal disease?

Signs of periodontal disease may include:

Bleeding gums

If you notice blood while brushing or flossing, it may be an early sign of periodontal disease. Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed during regular oral care.

Persistent bad breath

Halitosis, or persistent bad breath, can be an indicator of gum disease. It’s caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth, contributing to the infection.

Gum recession

As periodontal disease progresses, your gums may recede, creating spaces between your teeth. This can lead to sensitivity and a change in the appearance of your smile.

How is periodontal disease treated?

A few different ways periodontal disease can be treated include:

Scaling and root planing

This nonsurgical procedure involves a thorough cleaning of your teeth and root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar. It helps reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Antibiotic therapy

In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to target and eliminate bacteria contributing to the infection. This aids in preventing the progression of periodontal disease.

Periodontal maintenance

Regular follow-up appointments are essential for maintaining optimal periodontal health. The Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry team works closely with you to create a personalized maintenance plan to prevent recurrence.

In more severe cases, Dr. Morrison may recommend surgical intervention like gum flap surgery to clean and disinfect your teeth. Gum grafting is another option that can restore your gum structure. 

Don't let periodontal disease compromise your oral health. Dr. Morrison and the team are ready to provide the care you need to restore your gums and maintain a healthy smile. Schedule a consultation today by phone or online.