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Eliminate Gum Disease with Periodontal Therapy in Fairfax

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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an extremely common bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth, and it’s usually brought on by a lack of oral hygiene. Early symptoms include red, swollen gums that tend to bleed easily, and if left untreated, it can ultimately lead to tooth loss! Our team will screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and should we spot the slightest sign of an infection, we’ll quickly be able to take care of it with periodontal therapy. If any of the above symptoms sound familiar to you, be sure to contact us today to get the treatment you need.

Scaling & Root Planing

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A scaling and root planing treatment is sometimes called a “deep cleaning,” and this is because it targets the plaque and bacteria located below the gum line. With scaling, an ultrasonic cleaner will be used to break up and remove all the plaque and tartar deposits located around your gums, and then root planing will be used to gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make plaque less likely to gather on them, which will lower your chances of redeveloping gum disease in the future.

Soft Tissue Laser Treatment

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As part of your periodontal therapy, we may also choose to use our Cirolase soft tissue laser. This tool uses an extremely-concentrated beam of light to instantly vaporize harmful bacteria along the gum line, and it can also painlessly remove infected tissue. Better yet, it can accomplish both of these tasks while leaving the surrounding healthy gums completely untouched, drastically reducing any discomfort, swelling, or bleeding a patient would normally experience during a periodontal procedure.

Arestin® Antibiotic Therapy

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After your gums have been cleaned, we may apply a topical antibiotic to them to further fight the infection. Arestin is a powder-like substance that is actually made up of thousands of tiny microspheres, each one filled with a potent antimicrobial agent. It will be placed directly on the gums where it will harden, and then it will slowly dissolve over the next seven days, allowing the medicine to reach even the most deeply located bacteria.

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