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For optimal oral health, it is not enough to only have healthy teeth. You also need to have healthy gums. Your gums enhance the beauty of your smile by framing your teeth. Your gums are also the foundation that holds your teeth in place. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of U.S. adults in their 30s have some level of chronic gum disease. Periodontal disease starts out as gingivitis, which is characterized by red and swollen gums that may bleed during brushing and flossing. With the right periodontal services, gingivitis can normally be reversed before there is permanent damage to the teeth and gums. If not treated, infection may develop underneath the gumline and around the tooth roots, which can cause the gums to recede and the bones and ligaments supporting the teeth to deteriorate. This is referred to as periodontitis and requires treatment by a gum disease specialist known as a periodontist.
To qualify as a gum disease expert, a periodontist must complete two to three years of additional training and education beyond dental school. Our periodontist in Virginia specializes in the management and treatment of chronic conditions involving the gums and related structures and performs advanced oral surgery, including dental implant placement, gum contouring, and lip repositioning. Call our periodontics office today to learn more about the services that we provide or to schedule a consultation with our gum disease expert.
What Type of Issues Does a Gum Disease Specialist Treat?
The field of periodontics deals with the soft tissue of the gums. Our periodontist in Virginia is able to treat a wide range of gum health issues, including:
When we eat or drink, a sticky film called plaque forms on our teeth. If not removed by brushing and flossing, plaque can breed bacteria that can erode tooth enamel and create cavities. Moreover, it can also get under the gumline where it can destroy the tissue and other structures that hold the teeth in place. Our periodontal expert can use special deep cleaning techniques and regenerative procedures to remove the infection and restore your gum health.
Dental Implant Placement
If you are searching for a tooth replacement option that looks natural and is comfortable, dental implants may be for you. A custom crown, bridge, or denture is attached to an implant post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone. Unlike traditional dentures that can slip out of place, the posts create a stable foundation for the teeth so that you can eat and smile with confidence. The posts also help to prevent jawbone deterioration, which can prevent future tooth loss and reduce premature wrinkling around the mouth by preserving your natural facial proportions.
The part of the tooth that you see above the gums is known as the crown. In some cases, it is necessary to perform a procedure to reveal more of the crown. For example, it may be necessary to lengthen the crown in order to attach brackets for orthodontic treatment or to attach a prosthetic crown or partial denture. The procedure may also be used cosmetically to correct an uneven gumline or to remove excess gum tissue around the teeth.
Gum Revision Surgery
Gum revision or contouring is typically performed to correct a gummy smile. Although having extra gum tissue around the teeth is not necessarily a significant oral health issue, it can make the teeth appear too short and make you feel self-conscious when smiling.
Soft Tissue Grafting/Gum Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is performed when the gums have receded to the point that the tooth root is visible. Our periodontal expert can harvest a small amount of tissue from elsewhere in the mouth to cover the exposed area, which can reduce further gum recession and protect against future bone loss and decay.
Oral Cancer Diagnosis
Oral cancer cases are on the rise, and an increasing number of cases are being linked to human papillomavirus infections. If you have any suspicious spots, lesions, or growths inside your mouth, our periodontal specialist can take a sample to obtain a diagnosis and help you find the most appropriate treatment.
At Dental One Associates of Virginia, our staff will do everything possible to ensure that you are comfortable during your procedure. During your consultation, we can go over various sedation options, such as nitrous oxide, to make your experience as stress-free and painless as possible.