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We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern.
Healthy gums are an integral part of a healthy mouth, which is essential to good overall health. The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control, state that almost 50 percent of adults who are at least 30 years old have gum disease. Also known as gingivitis in its early stages, gum disease can cause inflammation and tenderness, and it can cause your gums to bleed when you floss and brush. Unfortunately, good oral health includes flossing and brushing to prevent the development of gum disease, also called periodontal disease, so if you have gum disease, you may find it uncomfortable to brush and floss properly.
Left untreated though, periodontal disease can attack the bones in your jaw as well as the ligaments that secure your teeth in place. When the ligaments loosen, your teeth will fall out, and this is the primary cause of tooth loss in the U.S. When gum disease is treated in its early stages, the damage is reversible, but when the ligaments and bones become affected, the only recourse is artificial replacements and bone grafts. If you have gum disease in any stage, then call Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Tysons Corner and schedule an appointment with one of our gum disease experts. We can help you restore your beautiful smile, so call our Vienna office today.
What Is A Periodontal Dentist?
A periodontist is a dentist who has completed a minimum of two to three years of specialty training in the field of periodontal services. This includes cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and disease management. The word periodontic is derived from the Greek, “perio” which means around, and “dontic” which means teeth, so periodontics means the area around the teeth, which is the gums. If you need any type of periodontics in the Vienna area, call us today and we can help you.
What Treatments Do Periodontal Dentists Provide?
Usually, a periodontist in our office can address any issue that involves the gums or cosmetic procedures. Often, patients are referred to our office by their general dentist, since we provide specialized periodontal procedures, which include:
Periodontal disease treatment
When you eat or drink, a substance called plaque begins to form on your teeth unless you brush and floss. When left on the teeth, plaque will begin to erode the enamel and will eventually attack your gums. For this reason, it’s very important that you brush and floss after each meal. We can provide a treatment that will reverse the deleterious effects of plaque on your teeth and gums, so call us today to schedule a consultation or for more information.
Dental implant placement
Dental implants are permanently installed, artificial teeth that replace a natural tooth that has been lost due to decay, trauma, disease or other factors. If you have lost one or more teeth, call our office today and we can help you. Teeth are vital to the structural integrity of your jaw and they’re the first step in the digestive process, so if you’re missing one or more teeth, we can replace them as necessary. A full set of teeth will also help deter the onset of premature wrinkling around your mouth.
The part of your tooth that’s visible above your gums is called the crown. Sometimes, patients may have more gum and less tooth showing and they need to have their crowns lengthened for braces, a dental appliance such as a cap or for aesthetic reasons. If you need this procedure, then call and schedule an appointment with a gum disease specialist in our office.
Gummy smile surgery
Your smile is unique to you, and if you have more gums showing than you’d like and want a smile that reveals more tooth, then this procedure may work for you. A gum disease expert in our Vienna office can trim the excess gum tissue and provide you with a more even gum line that shows more of your beautiful teeth.
Soft tissue graft / gum grafting
If your gums have begun to recede, then the roots of your teeth may become exposed. This is a painful as well as unhealthy condition, so call us today and we can help you. A periodontist in our Vienna office can perform a tissue graft that will restore your gum line and protect your teeth from further damage. It will also reduce the risk of bone loss in the future.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnoses
Oral cancer screenings are now recommended for all adults, particularly for those in high-risk groups. The incidence of oral cancer that’s linked to HPV has increased dramatically, surpassing that linked to smoking. If you need to be screened for oral cancer, call us today. A gum disease expert will take tissue samples and submit them to the lab for analysis, and we’ll call you as soon as we have the results. Whether they are positive or negative, we’ll be here for you. We know that a cancer diagnosis is scary, but your periodontist will discuss treatment options with you during your consultation, and we’ll help you get through it. Don’t delay in getting screened, because this won’t go away on its own, so call us today.
If You Need A Gum Specialist In Vienna, Then Call Us Today
Your gums are as important as your teeth, and without healthy gums, you’ll have no teeth. If you’re having problems with your gums, call Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Tysons Corner today and schedule a consultation with a gum disease specialist in our Vienna periodontics office. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and help you regain your good oral health. Call us today at (703) 935-2825, we look forward to hearing from you.