Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums, teeth, and the structures surrounding them. It can range from a mild irritation to a serious infection that can lead to tooth loss, as well as other serious medical issues. Fortunately, a periodontist can help diagnose and treat gum disease, ensuring that it doesn’t progress further.

Periodontists are dental specialists who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. They are trained to pay special attention to the gums, bones, and other tissues that surround and support the teeth. This makes them the ideal choice for diagnosing and treating gum-related problems.

The first step in treating gum disease is to diagnose the problem. A periodontist can use a variety of tests, including x-rays, to get a better understanding of the condition of the gums and the extent of any damage. This will allow the periodontist to determine the best course of action for treating the gum disease.

Once the diagnosis is complete, the periodontist will typically recommend a course of action to treat the gum disease. This could include a deep cleaning procedure such as scaling and root planing. During these procedures, the periodontist will remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on the teeth and underneath the gums. The goal of these treatments is to remove the bacteria that are causing the infection, allowing the gums to heal.

In some cases, the periodontist may recommend a more advanced procedure such as laser treatment or surgery. Laser treatment is used to target specific areas of the gums that have been affected by the infection. Surgery is more invasive and is used if the infection is more severe and has caused damage to the surrounding bone and tissue.

It is important to note that treating gum disease is a long-term process. The periodontist will typically recommend a regimen of good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, as well as regular visits to the periodontist for checkups. Following these recommendations and seeing the periodontist regularly will help to ensure that the gum disease does not progress or worsen.

A periodontist is the ideal choice for diagnosing and treating gum disease. They are highly trained to look for signs of the disease and to provide the best treatment to ensure your oral health. If you have been experiencing symptoms of gum disease, please contact our periodontist office today to schedule a consultation.

Karl A. Smith, DDS, MS
Phone: (703) 894-4867
2500 N. Van Dorn St., Suite 128
Alexandria, VA 22302