Tooth decay is not the biggest threat to the health of your smile. Gum disease is equally devastating. The preventable infection affects roughly 50% of adults in America. Although the early signs of the condition may not seem like a large concern, over time it will destroy the supporting structures for your teeth, leading to tooth loss. Not to mention, the bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk of several health concerns, like cardiovascular disease. At Just for Your Smile, we can save your smile with periodontal therapy in Tysons Corner and Potomac. We create the customized treatment plan you need to stop the infection in its tracks.
Gum (periodontal) disease can be avoided with the correct oral hygiene habits, like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, the infection can still occur.
Bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations infect and irritate the gingival tissue. This causes it to become red, swollen, and bleed. It creates deep pockets to form between the gum tissue and your teeth, trapping additional bacteria. Eventually, it can lead to the loss of your teeth. You may even develop adverse health conditions, like cardiovascular disease and diabetic complications.
Now, there are several solutions to treat the infection to prevent irreversible damage to your smile.
We perform a comprehensive consultation to create the individualized treatment plan you need to save your smile. Your treatment may include one or more of the following:
Also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing consists of two separate treatments. Scaling uses special dental tools to clean the gingival pockets to remove tartar and bacteria from below the gum line. Root planing involves smoothing the roots of the teeth to reduce the occurrence of future buildup while also allowing the gum tissue to reattach to your teeth.
This advanced treatment is used to treat gum recession caused by the infection without the need for sutures. A needle is used to make a small hole in the tissue to allow it to be guided over the tooth roots. There is no cutting or sutures involved for a less invasive procedure and an easier recovery when compared to traditional treatments.
A soft tissue laser targets diseased tissue to kill bacteria while also encouraging the gums to reattach to your teeth. This provides a safer and more effective treatment that can kill as much as 99% of bacteria. It can also be used for gum contouring, eliminating the need for a scalpel and sutures.
If you have gum disease, you deserve to benefit from the best. Your dentists in Tysons Corner and Potomac have the solutions you need to restore a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact Just for Your Smile today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.