Did you know that one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease? Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic inflammation that attacks gum tissue and the bone supporting your teeth. Without prompt treatment, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health issues.
The good news is that, in most cases, periodontal disease can be prevented and treated with professional treatment and proper oral hygiene.
At Tysons Dentistry, we understand the severity of gum disease and the effects it can have on both your dental and general health. We have always been strong advocates of prevention as the most effective way to reduce the risk of developing gum disease.
Gum Disease — The Hidden Threat
Gum disease is not just an oral health issue. Without proper hygiene and prevention, bacteria present with severe periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and lead to serious health complications like heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and stroke.
State-of-the-Art Treatment for Gum Disease
Periodontal disease begins to develop when bacteria-filled plaque builds up between your teeth and under the gums. Over time, bones recede and pockets open up between your teeth and gums. Your teeth may begin to feel loose, and without treatment, the teeth may be lost.
Our doctors and/or hygienist detect periodontal disease by measuring the depth of these gum pockets. Depending on the extent of disease present, Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram may recommend scaling or root planing, a process where the surface of the tooth is smoothed (planed) to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.
If inflammation and deep pockets remain, we will use our state-of-the-art periodontal lasers to eliminate harmful bacteria, promote regeneration of healthy gum tissue, and keep gum disease in remission. Laser therapy is gentle, comfortable, and requires very little recovery time.
Ongoing Care and Prevention
Our goal is to restore and maintain the health of your teeth and gums with a personalized treatment plan. Every patient has different needs, and we customize your periodontal care to meet those specific needs. We’ll take the time to explain your treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have.
You can easily avoid these complex treatments with regular dental exams, professional cleanings, and effective at-home oral hygiene. Our team is here to support you during and after treatment, and we will show you how you can prevent further infections.