Whenever you look down at the sink after you’ve brushed and flossed your teeth, do you see pink? Bleeding gums could be a sign of gum disease, a very common infection that often leads to tooth loss if left untreated. Our team at NaLa Smiles is ready to take care of your gums, as well as your teeth, to keep your smile healthy and whole. If you’ve noticed any bleeding, swelling, or sensitivity lately, be sure to give us a call to get periodontal treatment in Alexandria, VA right away.
Gum disease is a preventable infection caused by harmful bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulation from poor oral hygiene habits. At first, your gums may only be tender and bleed slightly, but over time the infection will destroy the supporting structures of your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss, but the infection can also enter your bloodstream. As a result, it can cause several health conditions, like cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Although gum disease is preventable, at least 50% of Americans have a form of it, but many people aren’t aware they have it because symptoms can take many forms, such as:
It’s best to get treatment at the first sign of a problem. Periodontal therapy will stop the infection and save your smile from irreversible damage.
There are several options to treat gum disease depending on the severity of your case. We’ll perform a thorough consultation to create a customized treatment plan that can include one or more options:
Scaling & root planing is specifically designed to tackle plaque and tartar deposits that have formed near the gum line. First, scaling removes the buildup using special dental instruments. Then, the roots of the teeth are slightly reshaped to prevent them from accumulating again, called root planing. This lowers the chances of reinfection.
A common symptom of advanced periodontal disease is gum recession, which exposes the sensitive enamel located around the roots. This can affect the appearance of the smile and also makes a patient more susceptible to tooth loss. Traditionally, an invasive gum graft was the only way to reverse the damage, but Dr. Barakat can perform the Chao Pinhole Technique. Using no incisions or sutures, this procedure allows him to gently massage the gum line back into place using a hole that’s literally the size of a pin. It’s faster and less invasive while allowing you to see results instantly.
While scaling & root planing is extremely effective at removing periodontal disease bacteria, it sometimes can’t get it all. Bacteria often hide in extremely small spaces located between the teeth and gums called periodontal pockets. Thankfully, antibiotic therapy helps us address this. Applied directly to the gums, the medicine quickly dries and then slowly dissolves over the next few days, enabling a powerful antimicrobial agent to reach the deepest part of the pockets and eliminate any leftover bacteria.
A soft tissue laser pinpoints diseased tissue and removes it. The laser sterilizes and cauterizes while it cuts to reduce the risk of bleeding and infection. It also stimulates the gum tissue, allowing it to regenerate. When compared to traditional treatments, the procedure is virtually pain-free and less invasive while enjoying unmatched results using the precision of a laser.
Don’t ignore your bleeding gums. Contact our office right away to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.