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Gum Disease and Recession

Gum Disease and Recession Alexandria VA

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Gum Disease and Recession

Gum Disease and Recession Alexandria VA

Gum Disease and Recession

in Alexandria, VA

Gum disease or periodontal disease is recognized by three progressive phases. The first stage is called gingivitis, followed by the second, periodontitis. The final and most serious level is advanced periodontitis. Diagnosing and treating gum disease and recession promptly will stop and reverse the progression.

Starting with damaging oral bacteria, gum disease is considered a primary factor contributing to loose, or missing teeth with patients that are over 35 and it can also be connected to more physical health conditions. These bacteria are in the plaque and tartar deposits that build up on the surface enamel of each tooth. They generate acidic toxins that will immediately harm the teeth, gums, bone, and the ligaments that hold each tooth in their correct place.

The entire team at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA shares an office goal. With over three decades of experience, we pride ourselves in being old school when it comes to respecting you and your family and giving you the treatment that we would wish to receive ourselves. Every single patient receives the quality care they deserve. This is the way to earn your trust and satisfaction. Our team is focused on our collaborative efforts to promote oral health by practicing prevention, wellness, enhancement, and renewing rejuvenation. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment to see if you might benefit from an evaluation for gum disease and recession.

Would You Benefit from Periodontal Therapy?

You might require treatment for gum disease if you have minor gum tissue inflammation and bleeding. If you have any loose teeth and significant deterioration of any gum tissues you would require treatment. When INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA identifies gum disease and treats it early, you will have an increased opportunity to mitigate the condition's harmful symptoms. You may have bleeding gums or puffiness and just consider it ordinary. Bleeding and various other symptoms of gum disease are never typical and need to be looked at immediately by our team.

Periodontal Therapy Options for Gum Disease and Recession

There are a few surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy options that can effectively reverse the impact of gum disease and gum recession that will minimize the possibility of tooth loss, prevent the need for tooth extractions, and reduce the need for any dental bone grafts.

Common procedures include the following:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: A process that is a deep cleaning of your teeth that removes plaque and tartar that have developed below the gum line. Scaling refers to the removal of plaque and calculus from the enamel surface of your teeth, and root planing refers to the smoothing out your teeth’s roots to remove any lingering bacteria and then speed up the healing process with the gum tissue.
  • Periodontal Laser Treatment: This procedure removes any gum tissue that has become diseased. You might consider this option with INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA because unlike traditional treatments, periodontal laser treatment causes less discomfort and less gum shrinkage.
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery: A reshaping treatment that is performed to improve the visual appearance of your gum tissue.
  • Dental Implants: The dental implant process starts with the extraction of a decayed or damaged tooth, followed by an x-ray to see if there is adequate jawbone to secure a dental implant. If you are a viable candidate, a small titanium post will be surgically inserted into your jawbone. After this has healed, the artificial tooth or bridge will be placed on this post, which is acting like a new root.


Even with the best of diligence to maintain your oral health things don’t go as planned. Once in a while, and you might find that your teeth need to be restored or replaced. Missing, cracked, damaged, or even decayed teeth will dull your smile. Did you know it can also affect your oral health? At Inspire Dental of Alexandria we offer restorative dentistry to ensure that your teeth and oral health are back to their former state.


It is important to feel confident in your smile, because being confident in your smile means being confident in yourself. Despite this, many people walk around every day, resigned to the fact that their smile is what it is and there is really nothing they can do to change it. But what if that was not the case? What if improving the aesthetic appearance and/or functionality of your smile was easier than you thought?


Almost 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss every year. Dental bridges have traditionally been the best option if you are in this situation. However, there have been continual technological advancements regarding different types of dental implants. Dental implants are becoming both a common and popular procedure to restore a missing tooth or teeth.

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease and Recession?

The symptoms of gum disease are often not obvious until it has progressed to the next level. Please consider seeing us at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA if you suspect that you might have any of the following symptoms:

  • Your gums are red, swollen, or tender.
  • There is bleeding after brushing or flossing your teeth.
  • Your gums are receding or have pulled away from your teeth.
  • You experience discomfort or pain in your mouth.
  • You can visibly see pus between your gums and teeth.
  • You have sores present in your mouth.
  • Your family and friends complain that your breath is bad.
  • You begin to notice loose or separating teeth.
  • Your teeth no longer align when you bite.

Call us for an evaluation if you observe one or more of these probable symptoms of gum disease.

How Do We Treat Gum Disease and Recession?

Discovering and identifying your gum disease as soon as possible could be critical to improving the condition of your teeth and gums. To determine whether your gum disease is affecting your dental wellness, we will begin by using a precise tool to measure the gaps, or recession, between your gum tissue and your roots. If these pockets are more than 3 millimeters in depth, it is a matter of concern. X-rays will then help us in assessing the level of bone tissue around each tooth to determine the stage of gum disease.

At INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA we provide advanced screenings to identify the stage of your gum disease and will then develop the correct procedure for proper treatment. The first stage of gum disease is addressed through a thorough cleaning and an improved at-home dental hygiene program. To properly treat the second stage of gum disease, treatments are repeated every few months in conjunction with antibiotics. The third or advanced stage of gum disease may be best managed through a surgical approach.


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Follow Up Care

Exercising a meticulous and deliberate dental care routine is essential once we have addressed your gum disease. At your visit with INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, we will provide you with advice to improve your at-home toothbrushing habits and safeguard your teeth and gums. Our team will also provide you with thorough post-treatment advice to recover from your procedure quickly. In-depth maintenance and preventative cleanings are strongly advised at least twice a year.

Our Mission Statement is to Open Doors with a Smile

At INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, our mission statement is quite simple. We approach every patient with attentive, gentle grace and patience. We understand the concept that we each are unique, and we all have our personal therapy plans. No matter the age, we will treat each patient only as we wish to be treated. By integrating cutting-edge technology with solid tradition, we attempt every day to exceed your expectations. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment for an evaluation to see if you might be dealing with gum disease and recession.  High quality, comfortable, relaxing environment, and plenty of smiles is what you will encounter at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA.


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