Dental Exam

What is periodontal disease (gum disease)?

Periodontal disease, which is more commonly known as gum disease, is a degenerative oral condition caused by bacteria in plaque. As bacteria, plaque, and tartar (hardened plaque) build up on the teeth, your gum tissue may become irritated and infected. When left untreated, gum disease may lead to loss of the teeth, gum tissue, and supporting bone. Our talented dentists provide periodontal (gum) care in Springfield, Virginia to improve your oral health and protect your smile from the dangers of periodontal disease.

How do I know if I have periodontal disease (gum disease)?

You may have periodontal disease if you suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when biting and chewing
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Red gums that bleed easily
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than usual

Dr. Winkler, Dr. Charaipotra, Dr. Coulter, and Dr. Kanli can diagnose periodontal disease and provide you with the care you need to restore your smile to good health.

How do you treat periodontal disease (gum disease)?

Periodontal care may include deep cleanings, such as scaling and root planing, or other types of treatment. We invite you to contact us at Northern Virginia Dental Associates today to schedule your individual visit with our dentists and to discover how we can restore your oral health.