Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Gum Disease Specialists

Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum Disease Specialists

Gum Disease Treatments Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum Disease Treatment Washington DC & Alexandria VA

If your periodontist has informed you that you have developed gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) it is important to schedule treatment as soon as possible. Left untreated, gum disease can cause result in numerous issues developing, including swelling and/or bleeding gums, and the eventual decay and deterioration of your jawbone and/or loss of a tooth or teeth. In addition to these oral health concerns, an increasing number of studies indicate that chronic inflammation of the gums results in systemic inflammation, which increases your risk of developing serious health issues, such as dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, or heart disease.

To prevent or reverse gum disease, the best thing you can do (in addition to practicing good oral hygiene habits on a daily basis) is to schedule regular periodontal maintenance. Unlike the traditional recommended dental visit every six months, patients who have developed or are more susceptible to gum disease should schedule periodontal maintenance more frequently, depending upon the severity of your case, how quickly you develop plaque, and how successful previous periodontal treatment has been.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about treatment options for gum disease, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment for a procedure, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.


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Dr. Justin Zalewsky

Dr. Zalewsky

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, then went on to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.


Dr. Daru

Dr. Antara Daru, a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, then went on to University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dentistry where she received her Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Stages of Gum Disease

The three stages of gum disease are:

  • Gingivitis: The earliest stage of gum disease, this stage typically presents as gums that are puffy, irritated, or swollen. If caught early enough, gingivitis can be corrected by a deep cleaning and/or alteration to your oral health care routine.
  • Early Periodontitis: The next stage in gum disease, early periodontitis typically presents as gums that easily bleed, plaque buildup below your gum line, and/or mild to moderate bone loss around the teeth. Treatment options for this level of gum disease typically involve deep cleaning, laser therapy, or a combination of both.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: The most advanced stage of gum disease, advanced periodontitis is characterized by the previous symptoms along wiht the development of deep pockets between the teeth and gums, and in the most severe cases, deterioration of the jawbone and/or tooth loss. Treatment options for this level of gum disease may require a deep cleaning, laser therapy, and/or a bone graft.

Gum Disease Treatments

If your periodontist has determined you have gum disease, there are several different treatment options available. Every patient will be best suited to particular treatment types depending upon their unique circumstances, but the most common treatment types include:

  • Prophylaxis: If caught early enough, gum disease can be reversed by a cleaning procedure performed by a dental hygienist.
  • Scaling and root planing: Also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing removes bacteria and toxic elements that have accumulated beneath the gums and smooths the surface of the root to eliminate infection and reduce the likelihood of infection returning.
  • Surgery: For patients who have developed advanced periodontitis, gum surgery combined with regenerative procedures may be recommended to restore lost tissue and eliminate the disease.
  • Bone graft: Patients with advanced gum disease will begin to lose bone around their tooth, resulting in tooth loss. To correct this issue and create sufficient stability for dental implants, a bone graft procedure will be necessary.

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Gum Disease Treatment Cost

The cost of treating gum disease will depend on a variety of factors, including your dental insurance plan, whether or not additional procedures are required, and the severity of your case. At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring that money is not a deterrent to our patients receiving the optimal dental health care they deserve. For this reason, we offer a range of payment options regardless of what type of treatment you are having, which our staff will be happy to explain and assist with. Dr. Zalewsky is an out-of-network provider for all insurance plans and Dr. Hoge is a participating provider with Delta Dental Insurance. Our office insurance coordinators work with other insurance companies to assist patients with their claims.

For your convenience, Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover). Our clinic also accepts CareCredit, a financing option for procedures and treatments not typically covered by insurance, or when insurance does not cover the entire cost. We are happy to provide an application in our office, or you can apply online at

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Providing you with Optimal Care

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are proud to provide optimal care for patients in the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, and are dedicated to collaborating with your dentist to provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment, we are also committed to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment, with amenities such as personal movie screens, neck pillows, and soft blankets available regardless of what procedure you are having performed.

To schedule your appointment to address gum disease, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile!

Washington DC

2311 M Street NW Suite 500
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 296-3360

Alexandria VA

4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-2422