Periodontal Therapy in Leesburg
Did you know that three out of four Americans today suffer from periodontal disease? Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease may only exhibit mild symptoms in its earliest stages, but if it’s left untreated too long, it can lead to serious issues, including pain, tissue deterioration, and even tooth loss.
At your initial and subsequent hygiene appointments, we’ll check your gums carefully with a clinical examination for any signs of redness or inflammation and probe for periodontal pockets beneath the gum line. If pockets exist, they can be indicative of bone loss and digital radiographs may need to be taken to determine the extent of the disease process. If we discover the presence of gum inflammation without bone loss (gingivitis), treatment typically consists of a thorough dental cleaning and home care instructions. If we discover the additional presence of bone loss (periodontitis), treatment may involve more in-depth cleanings, scaling and root planing, and possible surgical procedures.