Periodontics Specialist

Virginia Dental Group PLLC

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

Periodontics focuses on treating gum disease and helping you restore healthy gum tissue. The highly skilled dental care team at Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia, is here to help you enjoy great gum health again. Schedule your appointment with experienced dentist Lida M. Vargas, DDS, using the online tool or by phone now.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontal care?

Periodontics focuses on the health of your gums. Periodontal treatments restore your gums to full health through a variety of methods including dental cleanings, gum treatments, and scaling and root planing. In some cases, you may need gum surgery to preserve your gums.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

If you regularly notice any of the following, you might have periodontal disease:

  • Blood on your toothbrush
  • Blood when you floss
  • Pink or red water when you rinse after brushing
  • Swollen gums
  • Bright pink or red gums
  • Gum pain

If you have advanced periodontal disease, a condition called periodontitis, you may have gaps in your gums, loose teeth, and significantly receding gums as well. Periodontitis can even cause tooth and bone loss in its most severe stages.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Periodontal disease treatment depends on how advanced your gum damage is. If you have early-stage periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis, Dr. Vargas may recommend improved oral hygiene, regular teeth cleanings, and special gum treatments.

If you have more serious periodontal disease, they may recommend scaling and root planing or gum restoration surgery.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is an advanced gum disease treatment that removes plaque and tartar from below your gums and then smooths your tooth roots to encourage gum reattachment.

When your gum disease has grown to the point that you have loose gums or obvious gum gaps, scaling and root planing is needed to get the bacteria out of the otherwise unreachable areas. After scaling and root planing, you may also need other periodontal treatments like surgery to rebuild your gums.

What is gum surgery?

Gum surgery is a procedure in which Dr. Vargas uses a specialized technique called the Pinhole Surgical Technique® to cover exposed tooth roots.

In the Pinhole technique, your dentist creates a tiny hole in your upper gums and then pulls the gum tissue gently into a new position that covers your exposed tooth root before securing it with collagen strips. Generally, gum surgery is only needed in severe cases of periodontitis.

If you get help when you first notice signs of periodontal disease and maintain excellent oral health habits, you can beat periodontal disease. The Virginia Dental Group team is here to help. Book your appointment online or by phone today.