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Ensuring that your gums are healthy is just as important as ensuring that your teeth are healthy. Both are essential in maintaining optimum oral health.
Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that approximately 50% of Americans who are age 30 or over have chronic periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is commonly referred to as gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. In its advanced stages, periodontal disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. It also causes the ligaments and bone that keep your teeth inside of your mouth to deteriorate. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. You may have gingivitis if you experience bleeding when brushing or flossing. Your gums may also be swollen and red. If you have symptoms of gingivitis, you should have the condition treated by a periodontist before it advances to something more serious.
Periodontists are specialists in treating gum disease. In order to become a gum disease specialist, periodontists must complete dental school. They must also undergo two to three years of additional training in diagnosing and treating gum disease. They also train to perform dental implant procedures and cosmetic procedures such as contouring of the gums and the repositioning of the lips.
If you’ve been searching far and wide for a periodontist in Fairfax, you’ve come to the right place. Call our practice at (703) 664-1990 to book a consultation with one of our expert periodontists today.
What Can You Tell Me About What Periodontists Do?
Also known as a gum disease expert, a periodontist specializes in issues and procedures that involve the soft gum tissue. If you know your Greek, you may know that “perio” is the Greek word for “around” and “dontic” is the Greek word for “tooth.” Therefore, periodontics means “around the tooth.”
Some of the periodontal services that our practice offers include:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
One of the more obvious types of services that a gum disease specialist offers is the treatment of gum disease. This disease is caused by the bacteria that can be found within plaque. Plaque is the substance that forms on the teeth when we drink or eat. This bacteria can be removed via regular brushing and flossing. If it isn’t properly removed it can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are placed deep within the jawbone and function just as a tooth’s roots would function. These long-lasting and natural in appearance tooth replacements are frequently used in cases where a stable foundation is required for bridges, dentures or crowns. In addition to providing stability for these devices, they also maintain your facial proportions while keeping your teeth from sliding out of place.
This surgical procedure requires the specialist to remove some of the gum around your tooth in order to show more of your tooth’s crown. The crown is a portion of the tooth that resides above the gum line. This surgery is performed for several reasons. One of these reasons is to make the tooth longer so an artificial crown will fit over the tooth. Another reason is to show more of the tooth so that brackets for braces or partial dentures can be attached to the tooth. The procedure is also done for cosmetic reasons. These reasons include removing extra gum tissue and making the gum line more even in appearance.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Some people have extra gum tissue present around their teeth. This can cause their teeth to look much shorter and make them feel self-conscious about their smiles. Periodontists can perform gum contouring surgery that creates a gum line that is even in appearance while also lengthening the appearance of the teeth.
Soft Tissue Graft/Gum Graft
Periodontists also perform gum grafting surgery for patients who have experienced recessed gums and exposed tooth roots. The grafting assists in reducing receding gums, as well as helps to prevent further decay or bone loss from occurring.
Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis
A gum disease expert can also help to diagnose oral cancer. This type of cancer is linked to both the HPV virus and to smoking. If you suspect you have oral cancer, one of our periodontists can remove some of your tissue and send it off for testing. If the results come back positive, we will assist you in developing a treatment plan.
All of our periodontists are able to offer you sedation during whatever procedure you may need. We are experienced with nitrous oxide (laughing gas), as well as with many other different types of sedation that will ensure that you remain pain free throughout your treatment.
Call Our Periodontics Office to Book an Appointment with a Periodontist in Fairfax
In order to keep your teeth and your smile in tip-top shape, it is important to take care of your gums. Call us at (703) 664-1990 to learn why we’re a trusted provider of periodontics in Fairfax.