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 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
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is technically considered an infection of gum tissue. This condition often appears when dental plaque goes unremoved from the mouth for too long. It can exist in varying severities, all of which have their own unique symptoms. Furthermore, gum disease is actually one of the most common chronic conditions in the world, largely because most people don’t realize they have it. In its early stages, gum disease can be mitigated with improve brushing and flossing as well as a professional dental cleaning. However, more severe cases will require professional intervention. Our office has many treatments worth considering.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
The most common symptoms of gum disease include redness, bleeding, swelling, and irritation of the gum tissue, but you can also experience tenderness and sensitivity to touch or when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages. You may also notice your teeth appearing longer than usual, which is a result of the gum tissue receding from the teeth and exposing more of the tooth root in the process. In more severe cases, the gums can turn a dark purple and teeth can begin to loosen. As the bone tissue supporting the teeth continues breaking down, tooth loss can also occur.
Gum Disease Treatment Options
While gum disease is incredibly common, there are many treatments available from our many dentists. Whether you are catching the early signs and want to seek treatment right away or are in need of more extensive gum therapy, we’re here to help!
Scaling and 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 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 treatments 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 Treatment
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.