Periodontal Disease Treatment Lansdowne, VA

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease is a serious issue that affects many people’s lives. Luckily our experienced periodontists are capable of treating periodontal disease in our patients, a field in which they have rigorous training and education.

The cleaning of calculus, or tartar, is a major component of treating periodontal disease. However, changes in the patient’s behavior are just as important. Making sure your dental hygiene habits are up to par is critical in the treatment of periodontal disease.

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, so it is critical to properly care for them. If you have periodontal disease, don’t feel hopeless. It is a treatable disease.

However, it requires the patients to be aware and active with their dental care.

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Scaling & Root Planing Lansdowne, VA

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable. However, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.

When your gums become inflamed, bacteria hides in pockets that trigger the gums to push away from the teeth. Once these layers or pockets have been formed, it is nearly impossible to clean them with just brushing alone. This is where scaling and root planing becomes necessary.

During this conventional periodontal therapy, we will use scaling tools to remove any plaque, bacteria, and tartar around the affected teeth and below the gumline all the way to the bottom of the infected pockets and root surfaces.

When the root has been effectively cleaned and smoothed, the gums can be reattached and have a greater chance of full healing and becoming healthy gums.

Some patients can feel mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete. These are normal after the treatment but with a personalized treatment plan, we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount for making sure that periodontal disease doesn’t become worse after the initial treatment.

American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that patients with gum disease have dental cleanings (Periodontal Maintenance) every 3-4 months.

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Crown Lengthening Lansdowne, VA

Crown Lengthening

For patients who believe that their smile is too “gummy” or that their teeth are too short, we offer soft tissue crown lengthening services to fix those concerns. Crown lengthening procedures are done to expose more of the tooth and remove extra gum tissue. By doing this, we can reshape your gums and help give your teeth the look and shape you desire. In addition to the life-changing results, crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure that will allow for a more balanced, even smile.

Before we begin treatment, we will first meet to learn more about your desired results as well as determine if crown lengthening is the best procedure for you. Factors such as oral hygiene and gum health will determine the best course of action and treatment plan. By using a laser for a faster recovery, Dr. Abtahi will remove excess gum to expose a more natural tooth. This procedure can be done to just one single tooth or several, or even to your entire gum line. These changes can be done for restorative or cosmetic purposes depending on your needs.

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