Periodontal Therapy Specialist

MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Malcolm Murray, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Fairfax, VA

Periodontal Therapy

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you?

  •  Bleeding gums
  •  Red, swollen, or tender gums
  •  Excessive bad breath that isn’t alleviated with brushing/flossing/mouthwash use
  •  A change in the way your bite fits together
  •  Teeth that feel looser
  •  Teeth that appear longer over time

These are all signs of periodontal (gum) disease, a very common health condition that’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. At MJM Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our team’s goal is to diagnose this disease at the earliest stages possible with the help of in-depth screenings during your routine appointments. Once we’ve identified its presence, therapy options are available to treat the infection and restore health to your smile.

With Dr. Malcolm Murray and the rest of our staff, patients can always look forward to feeling right at home in a compassionate and respectful office atmosphere. Contact our Fairfax, VA location today if you have any questions we can help you with, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit.

Scaling & Root Planing

When periodontal disease has progressed to a moderate stage, regular cleanings are no longer effective enough to remove all the decay that’s accumulated. Root scaling and planing is an in-depth procedure where Dr. Murray eliminates plaque and tartar from underneath the gum line, as well as the surfaces of the tooth roots. By smoothing the latter areas, inflammation is decreased and further accumulation won’t develop as easily. 

Soft Tissue Laser Treatment

With the help of the NV Soft Tissue Microlaser, Dr. Murray has eliminated the traditional scalpel treatment altogether at his practice. Now, patients can sit back and relax as our team removes bacteria and diseased tissue from within the periodontal pocket in a very precise and comfortable fashion. The treatment provides instant sterilization as well accelerating healing – in fact, most patients don’t even require sutures afterwards.