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Did you know that gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults? In fact, studies performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that half of adults over the age of 30 in the United States have gum disease.
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease starts off as gingivitis. Patients with gingivitis exhibit red and swollen gums that frequently bleed during brushing or flossing their teeth. Gingivitis is easily treated. If it is left untreated, the infection will spread to the gums, causing them to pull away from the teeth and destroying the ligaments and bones that hold the teeth in place.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, then you need to see a periodontist in Woodbridge. You can book an appointment with a gum disease specialist at Taheri Dental Group of Woodbridge. The professionals at our periodontics office look forward to helping you.
What Are Periodontists?
A periodontist is a gum disease expert who has spent up to three years studying gum diseases, dental implants, and various cosmetic procedures. They are able to diagnose and treat conditions that involve the gum tissue. The roots of the word periodontics are Greek. “Perio” means around and “dontic” means teeth.
Below are some common periodontal services that are offered by periodontists.
Periodontal disease treatment
Plaque is a bacteria filled sticky substance that forms on the teeth after eating and drinking. You can easily remove plaque by brushing and flossing. In cases where plaque is left to build up, cavities can form. In severe instances, periodontal disease sets in. This causes the ligaments and bone around the teeth to break down. A gum disease specialist can treat these issues.
Dental implant placement
Do you need a sturdy foundation for your bridge, crown, or denture? A dental implant can provide that foundation. A dental implant is commonly utilized to mimic the natural function and appearance of the tooth’s root. Implants are embedded in the jaw bone and keep the surrounding teeth from slipping out of their positions.
Do you need to have brackets for braces or need more room for a crown to fit on your tooth? If so, your periodontist may recommend that the crown of your tooth be lengthened. The crown is the area of the tooth that is hidden above the gum line. The procedure to lengthen the crown involves your periodontist reducing the gum tissue so that more of the crown is exposed. This may also be done for cosmetic reasons.
Gummy smile surgery
If you have excess gum tissue surrounding your teeth that makes your teeth appear to be shorter than normal, you may want to have gum contouring surgery. This surgery involves the periodontist removing and shaping the gum tissue around your teeth, making your smile more aesthetically pleasing and making you feel more confident.
Soft tissue graft/Gum graft
When severe gum disease sets in, the gum line begins to recede. This sometimes lead to roots becoming exposed. In these cases, a gum grafting procedure that lifts gum tissue from one area and places it on the impacted area will be performed. This will prevent further gum recession from occurring.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
Early detection of oral cancer is an essential element in being able to cure the disease. We offer oral cancer screenings as part of our routine examinations. If anything suspicious is encountered during your exam, we will take a tissue sample and send it off to a laboratory for proper diagnosis. A detailed treatment plan will then be developed.
No matter what kind of periodontics in Woodbridge you need, our professionals will make sure that you remain comfortable throughout your procedure. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and many other types of sedation.
Call Us to Book Your Consultation with a Periodontist in Woodbridge
If you are in need of a gum disease expert, give Taheri Dental Group of Woodbridge a call at (703) 584-5028. We will get you in for a consultation as soon as possible so that you can get your gums back into shape.