Periodontal Therapy - Chevy Chase, MD
Stop Gum Disease, Save Your Teeth
Everyone knows how important it is to protect and preserve the health of natural teeth over the years, but many don’t pay the same amount of attention to their gums. This vital soft tissue is the support system of your smile, and it can fall victim to infection just like the rest of the body. In fact, gum (periodontal) disease is one of the most common health problems on the planet. If Dr. Ronan Freyne or one of our team members discovers tell-tale signs of periodontal damage, we can provide revitalizing therapy options to banish dangerous bacteria and improve your oral health. Please contact our Chevy Chase location today to get started!
Do I have Gum Disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease that patients should look out for when brushing and flossing at home include:
- Gum tissue that seems excessively swollen, red, or tender to the touch
- Gums that regularly bleed, especially after brushing/flossing
- A gradually receding gum line (your teeth will appear longer)
- Excessive bad breath that lingers even after practicing oral hygiene
Periodontal Treatment Options
Several options are available for treating gum disease, including the following:
Scaling & Root Planing
This in-depth cleaning eliminates bacteria from underneath the gum line. Our team will also smooth the rough surfaces of your tooth roots, which are prime sites for damaging plaque accumulation.
Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
Our state-of-the-art Picasso diode laser produces a controlled ray of light that allows us gently remove diseased tissue and infectious bacteria. Better yet, bleeding and other post-operative symptoms are greatly minimized with this approach, and patients experience a much quicker recovery time as a result.
Antibiotic Therapy with ARESTIN
We typically recommend antibiotic therapy in conjunction with the above treatment methods. The ARESTIN powder is placed directly inside infected periodontal pockets, and they release a bacteria-killing antibiotic that will help eliminate any remaining infection.