Do you need periodontal treatment?
Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a serious oral health issue that affects millions of adults. It can cost you your smile and threaten your overall wellness.
The Centers for Disease Control
believes that approximately half of all adults ages thirty and over suffer from periodontal disease, a condition that can advance with few or no symptoms in some individuals. Without treatment, periodontal disease can worsen and impact your oral health, cause tooth loss, and even pose a risk to your general health through the spread of infection, heart attack, and stroke.
At Sullivan DC Perio & Implants
, it is our goal to utilize the latest technologies that allow for easier and more effective periodontal treatment. We’ve chosen to invest in LANAP™ (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) laser technology because it makes treating gum disease much more comfortable and more effective for our patients.
If you would like to schedule an exam, Drs. Armin Abron
and Shebli Mehrazarin
in Washington, DC will screen you for periodontal disease and even oral cancer.
At DC Perio & Implants, we want you to be safe, which means catching potential problems today before they become significant oral health concerns.
What is periodontal disease, and what are the symptoms?
Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the tissues surrounding your teeth. These gum infections, when left untreated, may lead to tooth loss and even full-body health concerns.
Unfortunately, periodontal disease does not always present with noticeable symptoms, especially early in the condition.
Because of this, patients often don’t visit the dentist until gum disease moves out of the treatable gingivitis stage.
Gingivitis, commonly called early gum disease, may be reversible. Full gum disease, on the other hand, is merely treatable.
Because symptoms may be few, it is essential to visit your dentist every six months for comprehensive exams and teeth cleanings. Professional teeth cleanings
get rid of what your toothbrush and dental floss leave behind—the very debris and tartar that may lead to gum disease.
If you do show symptoms of gum disease, typically you may notice one or more of the following:
- Bad breath that does not improve with regular brushing and flossing
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
- Bleeding gums, usually when brushing or flossing
- A longish appearance to your teeth as gums recede
- Pocketing between your teeth and your gums as damaged tissues pull away from teeth
What is comfortable laser dentistry for periodontal disease?
Many people who are aware that they have periodontal disease may put off dental care and treatment because they believe it involves painful gum therapies and possibly even surgery, a lengthy recovery, and stitches. However, periodontal laser treatment at DC Perio & Implants
with LANAP makes uncomfortable procedures a thing of the past.
Deep cleaning treatments like scaling and root planing can be performed quickly and painlessly with dental lasers. Severe cases of gum disease that would have required surgery in the past can now be treated without invasive cutting of the gums and the resulting pain and discomfort.
Treatment with dental lasers means less bleeding and no need for a lengthy recovery period.
What are the health benefits of laser periodontal treatment?
When the periodontal infection is allowed to progress to advanced stages (periodontitis), it loosens stabilizing tissues around the teeth, opening up small pockets where bacteria thrive. Noninvasive laser dentistry gently excises diseased dental material from these areas faster than traditional methods.
Further benefits include:
- No cutting
- Minimal bleeding
- No stitches
- Minimal discomfort
- Destruction of bacteria
- Promotion of healthy tissue regeneration
- Decreased risk for systemic health conditions and the spread of infection
Multiple studies have demonstrated a solid link between gum disease and heart issues, respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and even diabetes.
Your periodontist at DC Perio & Implants is concerned about your teeth when administering periodontal treatment but also considering your complete wellness. We understand how your mouth health contributes to your wellness and your well-being.
Can DC Perio & Implants help if I have anxiety about periodontal treatment?
The doctors at DC Perio & Implantsalways use a gentle hand, and laser dentistry is designed for your comfort. However, if you need a little more to see you through your laser treatment, we offer nitrous oxide, conscious oral sedation, and IV administered sedation during the procedure.
Nitrous oxide is a safe gas that allows for increased relaxation. We administer it through a nasal mask, and the effects wear off immediately following mask removal. With this option, you can drive yourself to and from your laser treatment.
Conscious oral sedation are two pills you take one hour before your treatment. This medication means you will be awake and able to respond to our team, but you likely will not remember your procedure. If you choose this option, you will need someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment. We also recommend resting for the rest of the day and not signing any documents or making any big decisions.
Your dentist evaluates you and takes a health history before determining if sedation dentistry is a good option for you. We offer sedation dentistry at DC Perio & Implants because we never want anxiety to prevent your treatment. And we always understand when patients need the added support of nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation or IV Sedation.
How can I prevent periodontal disease?
At DC Perio & Implants, we believe strongly in preventive dentistry—utilizing therapies today that can prevent decay, tooth loss, and periodontal disease down the line. It is always our goal to prevent.
When it comes to periodontal disease or oral health prevention, we follow guidelines put forward by the American Association of Periodontology (AAP)
and recommend dental exams and teeth cleanings every six months to lower your risks. If you have a specific condition like gingivitis, we typically recommend a more custom treatment schedule to prevent gum disease and other oral health complications.
In conjunction with quality dental care, you should brush your teeth and floss at least twice per day. A member of our team can provide tips to help you make the most of your at-home routine, including the correct brushing techniques and the best toothbrush for your smile.
We also strongly encourage you to stop smoking, vaping, and chewing tobacco. These practices increase your periodontal disease risk.
The doctors at DC Perio & Implants want to help you avoid periodontal disease, but if you are diagnosed, we will work hard to help restore you to better oral health.