Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease Management in Arlington

Healthy gum tissue supports and protects your teeth and is important to your overall oral health. Poor oral health care or injury can lead to infection, commonly referred to as gum disease or periodontal disease. This condition is the leading cause of tooth loss, yet the disease itself is preventable, and many of its effects are treatable. Periodontal disease management can prevent the progression of gum disease and prevent the progression of more serious dental problems. 

David P. Cote, DDS, provides the services necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The Dental Office at River House is a prevention-focused dental practice. However, we also provide many services to treat periodontal disease and repair any resulting damage. 

Early Interceptive Periodontal Disease Treatment 

With our advanced diagnostic methods, we can detect the earliest signs of gum disease and intercept its development. There are early indicators of periodontal disease, including tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, and lose teeth. Dr. Cote and his team provide comprehensive exams to identify problem areas where plaque and tartar can build up and lead to decay and infection. Using our proven diagnostic techniques, we can quickly discover areas that need immediate attention and provide treatment to restore your oral health. 

Healing Gingivitis & Periodontitis with Dr. David Cote 

Periodontal disease often occurs due to a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors. To heal unhealthy gums, we perform an intensive deep cleaning procedure called a scaling and root planing. First, we remove the stubborn plaque and tartar that is the source of inflammation and infection below the gum line. Next, we help loose gum tissue to re-attach to the tooth with a root planing. This step smooths the root and promotes healing. 

Scaling and root planing can sometimes be completed in one appointment but can require two. For serious cases of gum disease, we refer patients to our trusted local periodontist. It is imperative that these patients receive expert treatment as soon as possible to prevent tooth loss. 

The Dental Office at River House: Visit Us for Healthy Gums 

Dr. Cote and his team appreciate the opportunity to help patients reach their optimal oral health. Healthy gums are foundational to oral health and preserve your naturally beautiful smile. If you notice symptoms of gum disease in yourself or a loved one, call and schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience. We look forward to working with you! 

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All service was great! My dental technician did an excellent cleaning and I love their computer program that shows your potential cavities. I was able to see for myself whether I had problems or not.

I felt like they did not over-recommend things and were supportive of preventative methods and giving teeth the chance to bounce back with proper hygeine before jumping to "You need a filling". I had some questions, and they had no problem answering them

Elle B. , Arlington VA

10 Stars if Possible!
After the cleaning Dr. Cotes came in and he was great as well. He gave me a full dental exam and even took time to explain the clicking I get in my jaw. He gave me multiple options for teeth whitening and even told me the prices so there would be no up front surprises depending on which method I went with. He took the time to answer any question a threw at him and without trying to rush me out for the next patient. Not really sure what Megan S. is talking about in her review but I did see her only other review on the site was negative as well...just sayin...

I would give Dr. Cotes and his staff 10 stars if it was possible. Everyone knows going to the Dentist is a crappy process. I didn't think it was this possible to have a decent time at the Dentist Office and be taken care of in a timely manor!!!

Dustin S. , Arlington VA

Dr. Cote is just that good. I was referred to Dr. Cote by a friend at work, and I am SO thankful for that reference. The man is a consummate professional, has a friendly staff and has provided me with nothing short of stellar care for the last year. He explained things to me that my lifelong dentist never took the time to do before (like, how I can proactively strengthen the enamel on my teeth). He's got hi-tech gear that indicated areas where future problems might crop up and he's kept an eye on them during every return visit. I have never felt empowered and reassured in a dentist's office, but Dr. Cote is that good.

Dentistry can be a very personal enterprise, and since I had the same dentist since birth, finding a new dentist in DC was a harrowing experience. I actually walked out of three dentists offices (too sketchy for my tastes) before settling going to Dr. Cote. I live in the District, but I'm willing to suffer the indignity of Pentagon City just to have Dr. Cote take care of my teeth.

Evan M. , Washington DC

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