At Brightside Family Dental, our team recognizes the importance of proper preventive care, focusing much of our energy on protecting the teeth and gums to help keep them healthy between appointments. As part of our commitment to covering all your dental health needs under one roof, we have high-tech solutions for any patients requiring extra periodontal therapy or gum disease treatment!
As a first line of defense, our routine dental cleanings and examinations include plenty of preventive care and maintenance on the gum lines. Dr. Mistry and his team work hard to spot any underlying gum health concerns to ensure you get the treatment that you need as early as possible, offering the top gum disease and periodontal treatment near Chapel Hill, NC!
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a general term for a build-up of bacteria and inflammation at the gum line. Common causes for gum disease are poor oral care routines, skipping dental appointments, genetics, advanced age, and chronic illness.
When gum disease is left untreated, it can put patients at higher risk for developing the following conditions:
- Heart Disease
- Premature Or Low-Weight Babies
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Gum disease is not always obvious to those who are experiencing its early phases, which is why it's so important to attend your regular dental checkups at Brightside Family Dental. When we’re able to check your gums on a more frequent basis, we can work to catch symptoms right away and stop the disease in its tracks. If you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Mistry right away:
- Loose teeth
- Tooth and mouth pain
- Receding, swollen, and painful gums
- Bleeding while brushing and flossing
- Mouth sores
- Bad breath
- Pus between teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures
- A change in your bite
How We Treat Gum Disease
Although gum disease can evolve into a serious condition if left untreated, our team has the right tools, technologies, and experience to restore your healthy gums. We offer the following periodontal treatments:
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)
Receding gums can weaken your teeth, cause root damage, and ultimately lead to tooth loss. Since maintaining healthy gums is such an important aspect of your oral health, if your gum disease has caused considerable gum recession, we may recommend pinhole gum therapy to restore the health of your mouth.
Since Dr. Mistry is a certified Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) dentist, you can be confident you’re receiving care from a highly-qualified, experienced provider. Using this special therapeutic method, he’ll repair your gums in the least invasive way – no cutting, grafting, or stitching required! It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue. There’s minimal pain, swelling, and bleeding involved in this procedure that can restore years to your smile and improve your overall health.
Benefits of the Chao Pinhole technique include:
- Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
- Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
- No need for uncomfortable sutures
- No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
- No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
To treat gingivitis, Dr. Mistry might recommend scaling and root planing (SRP). This safe and common procedure consists of deep cleaning below the gum line and smoothing the surface of the tooth. Scaling and root planing removes plaque, bacteria, and acid buildup that can cause gum inflammation. As soon as we’ve removed all of that extra accumulation, we’ll treat the freshly-cleaned teeth and gum line with Arestin, a dental antibiotic, to maximize the effectiveness of the SRP therapy.
A simple SRP helps to restore and promote healthier teeth, gums, and overall oral health while also preventing all stages of gum disease.
Laser Gum Treatments
Dr. Mistry uses cutting-edge soft tissue lasers to help combat the signs and symptoms of gum disease. This advanced technology is used in a wide range of gum treatments and offers heightened precision and control over conventional and surgical gum treatments. These cutting-edge treatments are preferred by most patients because, in addition to being ultra-effective, they are faster and less painful. Your comfort is always our priority, so we invest in technology like this to maximize your treatment outcomes while also maximizing your comfort.
Advanced Periodontal Care For Healthier Smiles
Taking care of your gums is key to promoting optimal health for your smile, and the rest of your body! Call Brightside Family Dental to schedule your periodontal treatment today.