Periodontics Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Periodontics provides a variety of treatments that help manage and prevent gum disease. At Dlight Dental, the team offers a full suite of periodontal services to people of all ages. To learn more, call the office in Washington, DC, or Rockville, Maryland, to speak with a caring staff member or request an appointment online.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum disease. There are several types of gum disease, but the team at Dlight Dental specifically focuses on two:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a mild infection that causes your gums to bleed, swell, and become irritated. When caught early on, it’s possible to prevent further complications by practicing good oral hygiene and regularly visiting the dentist.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis remains untreated. Over time, it causes the gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. Harmful bacteria, food particles, and saliva collect in these pockets, increasing the risk of more serious problems like tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, or puffy gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Gums that are tender to the touch

As gum disease progresses, you might also experience loose teeth.

What services does periodontics provide?

At Dlight Dental, the team offers several types of periodontics:  

Laser gum therapy

Laser gum therapy uses targeted light energy to remove plaque and tartar from beneath your gum line. After removing the plaque and tartar, your provider smooths your tooth roots, allowing your gums to reattach to your teeth. 

Arestin® antibiotic therapy 

If laser gum therapy isn’t enough to prevent gum disease from recurring, the team might recommend Arestin antibiotic therapy. During Arestin therapy, your provider implants a series of small beads beneath your gums. The beads break down over time and release antibiotic drugs that help fight the infection.

Gum grafts

If you develop periodontitis and it causes your gums to recede, a gum graft might be necessary. During a gum graft procedure, your provider takes a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitches it around the area of missing gum tissue. Over time, the graft fuses with your gums, preventing further recession.

Who can benefit from periodontics?

Anyone who is living with gum disease can benefit from periodontics. Following an oral exam, a review of your dental health history, and a series of oral X-rays, the team can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

To further explore periodontics, request an appointment at Dlight Dental online or by calling the office to speak with a caring staff member.