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Healthy teeth are essential to good physical health and healthy gums are essential to healthy teeth. Statistically, almost 50 percent of Americans who are older than 30 present some stage of gum disease, according to the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control.
In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis and the gums may be inflamed, swollen or bleeding, particularly when you brush or floss. Gum disease is the primary cause of adults losing their teeth, but this is completely unnecessary. Gum disease is easily preventable by using good oral habits that include regular brushing and flossing after meals. When gingivitis remains untreated, the bone and ligaments in the jaw begin to deteriorate. Ligaments anchor your teeth in place, so when they relax, your teeth begin to fall out and you lose the structural integrity of your jawbone.
A periodontics dentist is a gum disease specialist, so if you have gum disease and need periodontics in Northern Virginia, then call us and we’ll schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert in our office. Don’t risk losing your teeth, call us today.
How Is a Dentist Different From a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who has completed dental school plus an additional two to three years of training in the specialty field of periodontics. Each periodontist in our office can help you with cosmetic dentistry, including lip repositioning and gum contouring as well as other cosmetic procedures. If you need periodontic services, call us and schedule an appointment.
What Treatments Do Periodontists Provide?
Periodontists are gum disease experts, so if you have any stage of gum disease, call us without delay. The word periodontal comes from Greek and literally means “around the tooth.” When you come to our Northern Virginia periodontics office, we can provide you with the following services, among others:
Periodontal disease treatment: When you don’t brush and floss after eating, a sticky residue known as plaque forms on your teeth. The longer it remains, the more damage it can do to your tooth enamel and gums. Cavities begin to form and then the ligaments in your jaw begin to loosen. Since the ligaments secure your teeth to your jaw, your teeth can begin to loosen and fall out. Be sure to maintain a regimen of good oral hygiene in order to prevent this, and call our Northern Virginia office if you need more information. If you already have gum disease, call us without delay so that it doesn’t worsen.
Dental implant placement: If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth, a dental implant can restore function and structure to your jaw. If you need an implant for a bridge or braces or a crown or for any other reason, call to make an appointment with a periodontist in our Northern Virginia office.
Crown lengthening: Sometimes, a patient will need a crown lengthened, whether for aesthetics or for function, and we can help with that. A gum disease specialist in our office can trim your gum line and provide you with a longer crown. This can facilitate installation of an artificial crown or partial denture or braces, so if you need periodontal services in Northern Virginia, call us today.
Gummy smile surgery: Your smile is as unique as you are, but some people have more teeth visible and some have more gum visible. If you’re unhappy with your smile because there’s too much gum showing, then one of our gum disease experts can help you. We can trim and even out your gum line so that you’re happier with your smile. Whether for aesthetics or for function, we can correct a gum line, so call us if you need this procedure.
Soft tissue graft or gum graft: For gums that have started to recede, a gum graft or soft tissue graft can replace missing gum tissue and prevent further damage to your teeth. Often, when gums recede, the roots of the tooth become exposed, which is both painful and unhealthy for your teeth. We can repair receding gums for you and restore health to your teeth.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis: The increased incidence of HPV has led to an increase in the incidence of oral cancer and adults are urged to have a cancer screening for it. If you need an oral cancer screening, particularly if you’re in a high-risk group, call our Northern Virginia office today and we’ll schedule an appointment for you. We’ll take tissue samples and send them to our lab for diagnosis. As soon as we receive the results, we’ll notify you and schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. A cancer diagnosis is very scary, but we’ll be there for you regardless. Call our office today if you need an oral cancer screening.
Whichever treatment you need, we’ll make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure. We have a variety of sedation methods available, including laughing gas, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment for your treatment.
Call Dental Associates of Northern Virginia Today to Schedule an Appointment With a Gum Specialist
Whether you need preventive maintenance for your gums or you need remedial action, call Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Northern Virginia and make an appointment. Your gums are essential to your health, as are your teeth, so don’t neglect them. We have an excellent reputation in the Northern Virginia area and we want to help you maintain your good oral health, so call us today to consult with a gum disease expert in our office.