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Tysons Periodontist Providing Gum Disease Treatment
Do you have red, tender gums or teeth that feel loose? Gingivitis and other forms of gum disease are present in almost three quarters of the American population, with the condition leading to some serious complications. As gum disease progresses, teeth can become loose and eventually fall out. Recent research has shown a link between gum inflammation and cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and pre-term births. To keep your smile intact, gum disease must have the proper treatment to stop bone loss from progressing. At Avanti Dentistry, your periodontist in Tysons Corner recommends nonsurgical procedures to correct these problems whenever possible. Call us today to arrange your appointment.
To treat gum disease in its moderate stages, we will likely perform a preliminary procedure known as scaling and root planing, also called a deep cleaning, to remove bacteria that has worked its way between the tooth surface and gums. During this nonsurgical procedure, tartar (a byproduct of bacteria) and accumulated germs are removed as much as possible. After a healing period of about a month, the gums are reevaluated to decide if surgical periodontal treatment is necessary to bring the gums back to health. Your periodontist can also apply an antibiotic to an area that is not responsive to treatment, in order to help the area heal and avoid surgical procedures.
A gingivectomy is the cutting of overgrown gums to maintain periodontal health. This procedure can also be done for cosmetic purposes to make short, front teeth appear longer in patients who have a "gummy smile." The results are stunning!
Crown lengthening is a conservative surgical procedure performed by your periodontist to expose a greater amount of the tooth structure to be able to place a crown.
Tissue Grafts & Guided Tissue Regeneration
Tissue grafts and tissue regeneration area surgical procedures that specifically aim to regenerate bone around the tooth that has been lost due to periodontal disease. Tissue grafting is done cosmetically to reshape a tooth that appears too long due to recession, by bringing new gum tissue back to the original level.
Remember, the sooner you visit your periodontist in Tysons Corner, the better chance you have of maintaining the health of your gums and the bony support of your natural teeth. Please call us today to schedule an appointment for periodontal therapy. The doctors at Avanti Dentistry see patients from Tysons Corner, Vienna, McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding Virginia cities. If your periodontal treatment will be your first time with us, please take a moment to review the information and instructions listed on our new patient page.
Periodontal Disease Prevention with Perio Protect
8 of 10 adults suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. While gum disease is considered by many to be a minor health risk, studies have shown a direct link between gum disease and other systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and blood clots. Gum disease caused by the growth of bacterial communities in the spaces between teeth and gums can create small sores in the mouth. Sores caused by periodontal diseases allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream potentially leading to complications, tooth loss or serious illnesses. Perio Protect treatment provided by your periodontist at Avanti Dentistry may help prevent periodontal disease. Please call us to set up a consultation at our Tysons Corner office today.
The most common treatment for periodontal disease is mechanical removal of the bacterial communities. Mechanical removal is effective but does not prevent future bacterial growth. Additionally, there is a risk of opening wounds in the gums that can absorb the bacteria into the bloodstream.
Perio Protect is a minimally invasive option that will debride (chemically remove) bacterial growth. During an office visit, the professionals at Avanti Dentistry will use a combination of mechanical removal and chemical debriding to eliminate the protective layer of biofilm that protects the layers of bacterial buildup beneath. The chemical debriding process removes the layers of bacteria, cleanses existing wounds or sores and changes the gum’s microbiological environment disrupting future growth of biofilm.
Your dentist will provide a prescription tray that is individually formed to fit your teeth. Delivery of the Perio Protect treatment while wearing the tray provides continual protection from new bacterial growth between office visits. When worn for a few minutes each day, the prescription tray significantly reduces buildup and cleanses oral wounds. Patients report having cleaner and whiter teeth and fresher breath when using Perio Protect.
Stages of Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease, like most oral health issues, is insidious. When left untreated, the disease continues to progress and cause additional damage. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, typically goes unnoticed by the untrained eye, but dentists and hygienists are able to diagnose and treat gingivitis before it can become more pronounced. In most cases, we’re able to reverse the damage done by gingivitis by simply having patients visit our office more frequently for professional teeth cleanings. Left untreated, gingivitis progresses to the more severe, periodontitis, which may cause gum recession, dental drift (teeth shifting within the bite), and tooth loss.
Dangers of Gum Disease
In the early stages, gum disease causes extremely mild symptoms that most patients don’t notice. Those include bleeding gums, inflamed or discolored soft tissue, and bad breath. The more advanced periodontitis has a number of more severe ramifications impacting oral and overall health including:
- Increased pocket depth – the space between teeth and gums expands allowing for additional plaque and tartar buildup and spreading gum disease
- Gum tissue recession – gum disease breaks down the soft tissue that connects teeth and gums and eventually causing the gum tissue to recede
- Dental drift – shifting of teeth as the supportive gum tissue recedes allowing teeth to move and misaligning the bite
- Tooth loss – over time, the loss of connective gum tissue may allow teeth to complete dislodge and be lost
- Risk for chronic and systemic illnesses – patients with gum disease are more likely to experience a number disease including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke as well as preterm and low weight births
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
The relationship between oral and overall health is never clearer than when discussing the relationship between gum disease and chronic and systemic illnesses. In the past decade, research has pointed to a close connection between periodontal disease and increased risk for or more severe cases of a number of disease including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
Additionally, pregnant women are much more susceptible to periodontal disease. So much so that there is a unique term from this form of gum disease: pregnancy gingivitis. Research has revealed that women who have pregnancy gingivitis are more likely to deliver early or have newborns with lower than average birth weight. Periodontal therapy is especially important for pregnant women!
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