What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a term that covers procedures intended to combat gum disease. Gum disease is becoming increasingly common in patients over age 65, but younger patients can also develop this condition if they have inconsistent oral health habits.
Gum disease happens when the gums become infected or inflamed. Excessive plaque build-up, tartar, and food particles (especially below the gum line) cause the gums to separate from the tooth surface. It creates deep periodontal pockets where infection takes hold.
If periodontal pockets do not receive prompt treatment, they could expose the root and bone structure, weakening it to the point of tooth loss.
Benefits of Periodontics
Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
Patients with periodontal disease need maintenance every three to four months. These therapy sessions clean the teeth above and below the gum line, slowing the progress of periodontal disease and prolonging the useful life of your teeth. The procedure is also known as a perio cleaning or deep cleaning.
Scaling and Root Planing
We offer non-surgical Phase I treatment for periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing help to reduce the size and severity of periodontal pockets, allowing healthy gums to reattach to the root surface. They are excellent frontline treatments to combat periodontal disease.
Why Choose Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg?
We provide expert treatment for conditions like periodontal disease in a friendly, relaxing setting. We can help to control your gum condition and preserve your natural teeth as long as possible while increasing your comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics
Call Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg
Scaling and root planing are your first defense if you need periodontal treatment. We provide these services in the comfort of our office. Please call us at 703-779-7779 for more information on periodontal disease and how to control it.