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Periodontal Therapy – Sterling, VA

Advanced Solutions to Save Your Smile

Did you know your gum health is equally important as that of your teeth? The biggest threat to your gums is a preventable infection called periodontal (gum) disease. Although you can avoid it with the right oral hygiene habits at home and care from your dentist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have the infection. While the symptoms may not seem concerning initially, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Don’t worry, Dr. Ansari offers the advanced solutions you need to stop the infection.

What is Gum Disease?

Terms related to gum disease.

Gum disease is a preventable infection caused by bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup. The accumulations irritate the gingival tissue, causing it to become red, inflamed, and bleed. If the infection isn’t stopped, it will spread further into your oral tissues, destroying the supporting structures of your teeth. Eventually, this can lead to tooth loss. Unfortunately, the complications don’t stop there. The infection can also reach your bloodstream, increasing your risk of several health issues, including cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Model of tartar buildup and bacteria near gum line.

Gum disease can cause a variety of symptoms, which many people attribute to other issues, like overbrushing. Recognizing the signs of the infection is essential to early detection and treatment. It’s best to contact our office right away if you experience:

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Pus pockets near the roots

Gum Disease Treatment Options

Woman having laser gum therapy.

When caught early, gum disease doesn’t need to leave a lasting mark on your smile. We’ll perform a thorough consultation to create a customized treatment plan, which can include one or more of the following options:

Scaling and Root Planning

The standard for gum disease therapy is scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar to promote the healing of your gum tissue. During scaling, we remove the buildup from enamel sitting above and below the gum line. This reduces irritation and inflammation of the tissue. Root planing smooths the roots of teeth so they can better reattach to the gums.

Chao Pinhole Technique

If your gum disease requires the need for gum surgery or grafting, the Chao Pinhole Technique allows us to loosen and guide tissue over receded parts of your teeth. We will create a small hole inside of your tissue to access certain parts of your gums. Since this treatment is non-invasive, you can expect considerably less post-operative symptoms, including discomfort, swelling and bleeding.

Antibiotic Therapy

As part of your scaling and root planing treatment, we’ll also provide antibiotics to treat the infection and promote the healing of this area. We apply the antibiotics to the small pockets that form in between your teeth, allowing them to dissolve and seep into your gum tissue.

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Treatment

Instead of using metal instruments, we utilize a highly-advanced soft tissue laser to break down damaged or infected tissue. The laser cauterizes tissue immediately after contact, so you won’t even need local anesthetic. Laser dentistry also reduces post-operative symptoms, including bleeding, pain, and inflammation.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Woman with a healthy smile after periodontal therapy.

Don’t let gum disease devastate your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.