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Gum Disease in Sterling, VA

Not only does the dentist at Dominion Dental Care in Sterling, Virginia, treat teeth, Dr. Shehzad Sheikh also takes care of those important gums that hold your pearly whites in place. Our dental practice includes procedures and surgery for gum disease.

Periodontal Disease in Sterling, VA

Your teeth are surrounded by tissue, which requires care to remain healthy. When plaque builds up, it causes gum disease, which if left untreated, could rob you of your teeth. Bad breath and sore and bleeding gums are signs of periodontal disease, which is classified by severity:
          

 Mild—Gingivitis    Moderate—Periodontitis  Severe—Periodontitis
  

Gum Disease Prevention in Sterling, VA

As is the case with any illness in the body, the sooner it is discovered and treated, the better are the chances for recovery. Simple things, such as brushing and flossing daily, and regular dental checkups serve as strong deterrents to periodontal disease.

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Treatment of Gum Disease in Sterling, VA

How our family dentistry practice treats periodontal disease depends on the severity. At Dominion Dental Care in Sterling, Virginia, our objective is to control the infection. Treatments include: 

 Deep Cleaning—Removing plaque is done with scaling and root planing. Scaling refers to scraping tartar from above and below the gums line, while root planing removes rough spots on the tooth, leaving bacteria with no place to grow. Lasers are also effective in getting rid of plaque and tartar. 
 
 Medications—Currently, medication is used in combination with scaling and root planing. However, this does not replace surgery.

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Surgery for Gum Disease in Sterling, VA

For more severe conditions, 1 of the 3 following surgical procedures is recommended:

 Flap Surgery—Removing deposits of tartar in deep pockets to help dental professionals keep gums clean.
 Bone Grafts—The use of natural or synthetic bone in areas where bone has been lost encourages new bone to grow.
 Soft Tissue Grafts—Natural or synthetic tissue is used to protect the exposed roots of teeth.

 

Health Problems & Gum Disease in Sterling, VA

Since your body is made up of systems that are tied together for proper functioning, periodontal disease may lead to other health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease. Improved dental health benefits your whole body.

 

Contact us today to learn about your options for gum disease treatment.
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