If you have gum disease find out more about your treatment options.
More than half of American adults will find out that they have gum disease at some point during their lifetime. This progressive inflammatory disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that they have gum disease until the later stages when permanent damage has already occurred. Our McLean, VA, dentists Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello want to make sure that you are getting the routine checkups you need to detect gum disease early.
If gum disease is caught during the early stage when it’s only gingivitis, this can be reversed by simply improving your oral hygiene and at-home care while also turning to our dental team more regularly for professional deep cleanings. If gingivitis isn’t treated it will progress into periodontal disease, which can be managed by our McLean, VA, family dentists through these two non-surgical treatment options,
Scaling and root planing
This is the standard treatment for most stages of periodontal disease, and this deep cleaning procedure involves getting below the gum line to the roots of the tooth to clean and remove plaque and tartar buildup. This provides a much more thorough and extensive cleaning than your standard six-month cleaning that every patient gets. Since we have to go under the gums, the area is numbed with local anesthesia prior to treatment.
Once scaling and root planing has been performed, the patient will need to come back in about six weeks to make sure the treatment was successful. If the treatment was successful then they won’t need to come back in for another 3-4 months for maintenance cleanings. We will also show you how to properly care for your smile at home during this time.
If you are dealing with a more advanced stage of gum disease then our dentists may recommend placing localized antimicrobial medication under the gum line to kill the bacteria responsible for this infection. This localized medication is placed after scaling and root planing.
Whether you need to schedule your next dental cleaning or you are noticing symptoms of gum disease, the dental team at McLean Dental Care is here to make sure that you get the dental care you need. Call our McLean, VA, dental office at (703) 734-0100 to schedule your next appointment.