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Are your gums causing you discomfort or other serious dental issues? If so, you are one of the nearly half of Americans suffering from some form of periodontal disease. Fortunately for you, a visit to a high-quality gum disease specialist can solve your problems.
Periodontal disease is commonly referred to as gum disease. However, it often starts off as an infection known as gingivitis. If you have swollen gums that are red in color and that bleed whenever you brush or floss, you most likely have gingivitis. If you catch gingivitis early on, it can be easily treated without causing any lasting damage to your teeth and gums. However, if your issues are ignored, it is likely that you will develop a more serious infection that can lead to the ligaments and bones that hold your teeth in place to be destroyed. This is the reason why many patients who are suffering from severe gum disease lose their teeth.
If you believe you have gum disease, you should contact a periodontist in Manassas. Periodontists are dentists who have completed an additional two to three years of training in diagnosing and treating gum diseases, placing dental implants and performing an array of cosmetic techniques.
Contact our friendly team at Taheri Dental Group of Manassas to make your appointment with a gum disease expert.
What Type of Services Does a Periodontist Provide?
The word periodontics has its roots in two Greek words. These words are “perio” meaning “around” and “dontic” meaning “tooth.” These two Greek words are fitting for a gum disease specialist.
Here are some of the periodontal services that we offer at our periodontics office:
Periodontal disease treatment
Did you know that there are bacteria living within the sticky substance known as plaque? This substance builds up on the teeth after eating and drinking. Plaque is the primary cause of dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. In most instances, plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing. However, if plaque is not properly removed it can cause the ligaments and jawbone to break down around the teeth.
Dental implant placement
Dental implants are typically used to provide a foundation for a bridge, crown, or denture. This natural-looking dental appliance is embedded within the jawbone. A dental implant serves the same purpose as the root of a tooth. Dental implants placed by a periodontist in Manassas will assist in preserving the jawbone, keeping facial proportions intact and holding the surrounding teeth in place.
The part of the tooth that is hidden above the gum line is called the crown. Sometimes, a patient needs to have some of the crown exposed. This is usually due to having to have dentures or brackets attached to the teeth. However, this is also done for cosmetic purposes. The procedure consists of the periodontist reducing some of the gum that exists around the tooth. This allows for more of the crown to show.
Gummy smile surgery
Everyone’s smile is unique. Some people have teeth that appear to be shorter than they should be due to the excess amounts of gum tissue around the teeth. In these cases, our periodontist can shape the gum tissue in a more aesthetically pleasing manner. This procedure is called gum contouring.
Soft tissue graft/Gum graft
If your gum disease has led to the roots of your teeth being exposed, your periodontist may advise that you have a gum grafting procedure performed. This procedure consists of gum tissue being used to cover the impacted area. It keeps the gum recession from becoming worse and helps reduce the likelihood of you developing bone loss or decay.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
A gum disease expert is also able to diagnose and treat oral cancers. At your appointment, your periodontist will take a sample that will then be sent off for diagnosis.
While you are undergoing your treatment, you will remain comfortable via the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedation methods. Your periodontist will discuss these methods with you during your consultation.
Contact Us Right Away to Learn More About Periodontics in Manassas
For more information on how a periodontist can help you to achieve your oral health goals, contact Taheri Dental Group of Manassas at (703) 574-0971. Once you have booked your consultation with one of our specialists, you will be well on your way to achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of.