What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a condition that affects the tissues that support your teeth. Bacteria in plaque can irritate and inflame the gum tissues, eventually causing an infection that destroys the gum and bone tissues. If not properly treated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. In addition, periodontal disease has been linked to several serious health problems, including diabetes, pregnancy complications, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

What is periodontics?

Periodontics includes a number of treatments for gum disease. Dr. Niles and Dr. Niles-Smith strive to provide the treatment you need to keep your smile healthy and avoid the health complications mentioned above. Treatment for gum disease in Woodbridge, Virginia, will be tailored to your specific needs, and it may include:

  • Improved oral hygiene
  • Additional professional cleanings
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Scaling and root planing (deep cleanings)
  • Gum surgery

Our dentists will help you determine which of these treatments is best suited to the severity of your condition. If you have noticed that your gums are redder than usual, swollen, tender, or bleed easily, you may suffer from periodontal disease. We encourage you to contact us today at Niles Dental for more information about periodontics.