Gum Disease Treatment in Falls Church - Robert A. Morabito, DDS
Through periodontal treatment in Falls Church, Dr. Robert Morabito and his dental hygiene team help patients enjoy healthy, attractive, and lasting smiles. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, our team is here to help.
How Do I Know if I Have Gum Disease?
If you keep up with routine dental appointments, Dr. Morabito will be able to tell you when initial signs of soft tissue infection are present. However, if you’ve been putting off routine dental cleanings, gum disease may be at work in your smile. Initial warning signs are hard to spot, but progressed gum disease includes:
• Red and swollen gums
• Persistent bad breath
• Bleeding while brushing or flossing
• Exposed tooth roots
Additional complications of periodontal infection include loosened teeth, as bacteria permanently weaken the underlying bone. While these are daunting dental problems, seeking immediate care in the event of these red flags is important for preserving your smile.
Treatment for Gum Disease in Falls Church
If minor signs of periodontal problems are present, Dr. Morabito may recommend more diligent brushing and flossing habits. This helps remove bacteria and plaque that cause soft tissue irritation and infection. When symptoms are moderate, the best course of action is often a periodontal deep cleaning, called a root planing and scaling.
A deep cleaning is more thorough than what occurs at a routine check-up. With the application of a topical numbing agent, this treatment does not feel much different than a standard teeth cleaning. Our hygienists clean below the gumline and smooth the roots of teeth to prevent bacteria from adhering. Your root scaling and planing will likely be completed in two appointments, with two quadrants addressed in each. This ensures that you are not in the dental chair for longer than is comfortable.
Advanced Periodontal Care
When periodontitis is too complex to treat with a deep cleaning, Dr. Morabito refers patients to trusted specialists. Procedures performed at outside periodontal offices include soft tissue grafting or pocket reduction. After these procedures are complete, Dr. Morabito works with you to ensure your smile is healthy and re-infection doesn’t occur.
If one or more teeth have been severely compromised due to periodontal infection, Dr. Morabito provides dental extractions and placement of implants to completely restore your smile.
Ask our Falls Church dentist about treatment options for periodontal disease! We comprehensively support the health of your smile with a variety of restorative dental services.
Contact us to learn more about periodontal disease treatment or to schedule a consultation.