Periodontal Therapy – Vienna, VA
Save the Tissue Your Teeth Call Home
When we talk about oral health, we are just as much talking about the health of your gum tissue as we are your tooth enamel. Without healthy gums, your teeth won’t have a place to remain stable in for very long. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, as opposed to just tooth decay. At Tyson Smiles, Dr. Hisham Barakat has the knowledge, treatments and experience to save your gum tissue. If you have sensitive or tender gums, don’t wait to call his office!
Why Choose Tyson Smiles for Periodontal Therapy?
- Improved Comfort with Soft Tissue Laser Technology
- Non-Invasive Chao Pinhole Technique Performed
- Detailed Scaling, Root Planing, and Antibiotic Therapy
Scaling & Root Planing
When plaque and tartar form both above and below the gum line, scaling is performed in order to safely and effectively remove it. Keep in mind that traditional cleanings and at-home oral care will not properly remove this built-up plaque. Afterwards, we perform root planing, which is designed to smooth out the root surfaces of teeth so they can reattach to the gums. Scaling works to reduce inflammation and irritation of gum tissue, while root planing helps reduce gum recession.
Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®
There are many gum disease treatments that require invasive surgery to complete, but not the Chao Pinhole Technique. Instead, this procedure involves creating small holes in your gum tissue and loosening and guiding the tissue over the tooth, all without performing any cutting or stitching. Not only can this reduce your gum recession, but it provides minimal post-operative symptoms, such as swelling, bleeding or discomfort.
Following your scaling and root planing, which needs to be done every three to four months, you’ll also want to have antibiotic therapy performed so that you can promote healing of your gum tissue. This antibiotic is placed in between the gum pockets that form in between your teeth as a result of gum disease. When you come back for your follow-up appointment, we’ll confirm that the antibiotics are doing their job and make changes to treatment if necessary.
Soft Tissue Laser
If you’ve had gum therapy performed in the past, you’re likely aware that dentists would use metal utensils to perform said treatment. However, we understand that this can make the overall process uncomfortable and actually increase the length of your post-op care. With a soft tissue laser, we can easily remove damaged or infected tissue, often times with no anesthetic required. Once complete, you can expect your healing period to be much shorter than normal thanks to the cauterizing properties of the laser technology.