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Periodontal Therapy – Sterling, VA

Advanced Care for Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most common chronic conditions not just in the United States, but around the world as well. This is likely because the symptoms of gum disease are not exactly easy to recognize or even notice without guidance from a dentist. Dr. Ansari can confirm the presence of gum disease and make sure that your next treatment is comfortable, comprehensive, and effective. If you’re ready to resolve your tender, sensitive or inflamed gums, give her dental office a call for periodontal therapy in Sterling, VA!

Why Choose Lowes Island Dentistry for Periodontal Therapy?

  • Targeted Antibiotic Therapy Provided
  • Advanced Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Non-Invasive Chao Pinhole Technique Available

Scaling & Root Planing

Woman receiving scaling and root planing treatment

The standard for gum disease therapy is scaling and root planing, which works to remove plaque and tartar as well as promote healing of your gum tissue. During scaling, we remove plaque and tartar from enamel sitting above and below the gum line. This reduces irritation and inflammation of gum tissue. Root planing involves smoothing out the roots of teeth so they can better reattach to the gums. This works to prevent future gum recession, which often leads to gum and teeth sensitivity.

Chao Pinhole Technique

Animation of chao pinhole surgical technique

If your gum disease requires the need for gum surgery or grafting, you’ll want to learn more about the Chao Pinhole Technique. This treatment allows us to loosen and guide gum tissue over receded parts of your teeth. To do this, we create a small hole inside of your gum tissue in order 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

Antibiotic pill pack

As part of your scaling and root planing treatment, we’ll also provide antibiotics. Keep in mind that gum disease is, in fact, an infection of the gum tissue, which is why antibiotics are so effective at promoting 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. When you come back for your next scheduled gum therapy treatment, which is every three to four months, we’ll confirm if the treatment is doing its job.

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry

Soft tissue laser dentistry hand tool

Do you fear gum therapy because you’re afraid of it being an uncomfortable experience? Instead of using metal instruments to perform treatment, we utilize a highly-advanced soft tissue laser to break down damaged or infected tissue. Because the laser cauterizes tissue immediately after contact, it’s likely that you won’t even need local anesthetic to get your treatment done. Laser dentistry also reduces post-operative symptoms, which means less time worrying about your gum tissue healing after therapy is complete.