Periodontal Therapy – Vienna, VA
Treating Gum Disease,
Did you know that a healthy smile requires more than just pristine, cavity-free teeth? When they are pink and firm, your gums hold your teeth firmly in place. However, if you neglect your oral hygiene, you run the risk of getting gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. It starts out seemingly mild with red, swollen gums, but without treatment gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile and your overall health. That’s why our team at Vienna Smiles takes just as much as care for your gums as for your teeth with advanced periodontal therapy in Vienna, VA.
Why Choose Vienna Smiles for Periodontal Therapy?
- Innovative Technology for Patient Comfort
- Highly Trained in Advanced Treatments
- Friendly Team Members
Scaling & Root Planing
In cases where gum disease has progressed beyond the first stage, treatment requires more than just a normal professional cleaning. Instead, we perform scaling and root planing. Scaling involves going below the gum line to clear out pockets of trapped plaque and bacteria. Then, we make the tooth surfaces nice and smooth so that the gum tissue can reattach more easily. These procedures may need to be repeated every three to four months until the infection is eliminated.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
The harmful bacteria in plaque produce acids that irritate the gums, eventually forcing them to recede. In order to reverse the damage done, traditional treatment involved cutting tissue from the roof of the mouth, putting the graft over the receded gums, and using sutures to ensure proper healing. At Vienna Smiles, we use the Chao Pinhole® technique, which entails much less invasive treatment to reposition the gums into their ideal placement.
On top of scaling and root planing and other treatments, we may also apply a topical antibiotic to reach the small spaces where bacteria can hide. This therapy only takes a couple of minutes, but it continues working long after you leave our dental office. We may need to make another application three to four months later, but this is an effective way to kill the bacteria in your mouth and give your gums a fresh start.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry
When gum tissue becomes infected, it needs to be removed in order to preserve the healthy tissue. Instead of using a scalpel and sutures to do this, we can use a soft tissue laser. This technology allows us to be precise, and it involves very little discomfort and bleeding. In fact, when we use our soft tissue laser, you may not need any local anesthetic, and your healing time is drastically reduced.