Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums. Most adult Americans will experience some level of gum disease during their lifetime. It is important to know how it develops and what you can do to prevent it from spreading. Oakton Dental Center offers personalized and comprehensive periodontal therapy to control and eliminate the proliferation of the disease causing bacteria.
When caught in early stages of development, also known as gingivitis, Dr. Ahrabi can treat the gums with a thorough cleaning and antibacterial rinses. Gum disease can progress and spread causing bleeding, swelling, gum recession, and even tooth loss when left untreated. Patients with advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, may require gum or bone grafting or other gum surgery to repair the damage caused by the spread of bacteria.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Once patients start showing the symptoms of gum disease, it has already progressed. If you notice any changes in your oral health, it is important to let your dentist know right away. Common signs and symptoms of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen or tender gums
- Sores or patches on gums
- Receding gum line
- Loose teeth
- Change in fit of oral appliance
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition. Caught early, treatment can be highly effective and minimally invasive. As gum disease advances and bacteria spread, damage can be done to the bone tissue and eventually to the health of the entire body.
Stages of Gum Disease
- Gingivitis- Gingivitis is the term used to describe the beginning stages of gum disease. At this stage, bacteria are causing the gums to become inflamed, and gums may start to swell or bleed. Gingivitis can be reversed when diagnosed and treated early. Most patients required regular dental cleanings and improved at home oral hygiene.
- Gum Disease- As the bacteria spread to the deep pockets of the gums, gingivitis becomes gum disease. At this stage, gums may begin to pull away from the teeth, and the gum line may start to recede. Scaling and root planning, intensive teeth and gum cleaning, can often clean the gums of disease causing bacteria so the gums may begin to heal.
- Periodontitis- As gum disease worsens, it will start to deteriorate the integrity of the jaw bone. Patients experience minor to substantial bone loss, and the jaw line may begin to recede. Tooth loss is also common. Patients with periodontitis may require gum surgery, bone grafting or dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Dr. Ahrabi has undergone hours of advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Early diagnosis is key in preventing the development of secondary conditions related to the spread of the disease causing bacteria. Bi-annual dental check ups can help prevent the spread of gum disease, keeping the gums and teeth healthy and clean.
Areas We Serve
We welcome new and returning patients of all ages. We proudly serve patients in Oakton, Vienna, McLean, Merrifield, Fairfax, and all surrounding communities. Led by Dr. Ahrabi, our team has built a dental care practice that is patient-focused, welcoming, and family oriented. We provide modern, comprehensive, and personalized dental care. Through patient education, we encourage honest communication and build positive, life long patient-dentist relationships.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahrabi, contact us at (703) 938-3405 or request one online.