Periodontics, or gum care, is an essential component of a healthy smile. Hardened plaque, called tartar, can irritate gums and promote gingivitis, which is early-stage periodontal disease. Left untreated, this condition can escalate into periodontitis, the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Gums do not regenerate or grow back. Once the gum tissue has been damaged or removed, it will not restore itself. Gum grafting can be used to restore gum tissue, but gums cannot grow back once removed.
North Virginia Dentist, Dr. Myles will perform a comprehensive oral examination, and configure an optimal periodontal treatment plan, at his Reston, VA dental office if your mouth shows signs of gum disease. He may recommend non-surgical periodontal treatment such as scaling to remove tartar below the gum line, root planing to smooth rough surfaces on tooth roots where tartar and bacteria build-up, and Arestin antibiotic therapy to eradicate bacteria. We provide periodontal disease treatments and more general dentistry services to our patients in Reston, VA.