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 in the United States. 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 dental office for periodontal therapy in Vienna, VA!
Why Choose Tyson Smiles for Periodontal Therapy?
- Improved Comfort with Soft Tissue Laser Technology
- Non-Invasive Chao Pinhole Technique Performed
- Dental Scaling, Root Planing, and Antibiotic Therapy Available
What Is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection in your gums. Typically, it arises due to built-up plaque between your teeth and along your gumline. When this plaque is not cleared away by regular brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings, bacteria in the plaque can irritate your gum tissue, causing inflammation, among other terrible symptoms.
If gum disease goes untreated for long enough, bacteria can eventually attack the structures that keep your teeth firmly anchored in place, resulting in teeth that become loose and even fall out! Not to mention, periodontal disease has been linked to other health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. For this reason, getting treatment as soon as you can is imperative.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease has often been called a “silent disease” because oftentimes it doesn’t display noticeable symptoms until irreversible damage has already been done. Typically, it doesn’t cause pain until it has reached the advanced stages. Luckily, your regular checkups include a gum examination to detect signs of periodontal disease. Here are some symptoms you should be aware of in between appointments:
- Bleeding gums, particularly after brushing and flossing
- Reds, swollen, or tender gums
- Persistent bad taste in mouth or bad breath
- Teeth that feel loose
- Receding gums
- Pain or discomfort when chewing
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Fortunately, gum disease can be treated. In fact, at Tyson Smiles, we have several different options to treat your gum disease and get your oral health back on the right track. Some of these options include:
Scaling and Root Planing
When plaque forms both above and below the gumline, scaling is performed in order to remove it safely and effectively. Afterward, we perform root planing, which smooths 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 Technique
Many gum disease treatments 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 any cutting or stitching. Not only can this reduce your gum recession, but it provides minimal post-operative symptoms 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. A topical antibiotic is applied 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 Dentistry
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, oftentimes with no anesthetic required. Once complete, you can expect your healing period to be much shorter thanks to the cauterizing properties of the laser technology.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
You don’t need to suffer through bleeding gums any longer. Instead, just give our Vienna office a call and schedule a consultation to periodontal therapy. We can help save the tissue your teeth call home!