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Healthy gums should be pink, not red, and they should not bleed when brushed. If they this doesn’t sound like your gums, you may be experiencing the first signs of periodontal disease, which is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Approximately half of Americans age 30 and over have gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If gingivitis is not treated early, the bacteria may cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and your teeth may become loose. In adults, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. If you notice any symptoms of unhealthy gums, call our office today at (571) 364-7943 to schedule an appointment with our periodontist in Fairfax before the problem becomes worse. You can prevent tooth loss from gum disease if you take action right away.
How Is a Periodontist Different from a General Dentist?
A periodontist is a gum disease expert who has had additional training in dental implants, periodontal plastic surgery and sedation techniques after graduating from dental school. Healthy gums are just as important to your oral health as healthy teeth; therefore, a gum disease expert treats a variety of problems associated with the gums and performs several cosmetic procedures as well. Our periodontist in Fairfax offers treatments for gum diseases, which include:
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the result of plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth that can cause gum infections from bacteria that lives in the hardened plaque. In the later stages of the disease, infected gums cannot hold a tooth in place and the tooth may eventually fall out.
Dental Implant Placement
Implants replace missing teeth with a permanent life-like prosthetic. Implants are custom made, so they look perfectly natural. With all your teeth intact, facial contours do not change and your jawbone remains intact as well. READ MORE
When periodontists place crowns they may have to remove some gum tissue to ensure a proper fit by exposing the crown, which is the top of the tooth. The procedure can also be done for cosmetic reasons, to heighten the tooth or to even out a crooked gum line.
Gummy Smile Surgery
If you feel that your smile shows too much gum and too little teeth, our periodontist can correct the problem by contouring your gum line. A smile with too much gum showing makes teeth appear worn down.
Soft Tissue Graft/Gum Graft
Gum grafting is a periodontal surgical procedure that covers exposed roots. The procedure protects your teeth from periodontal disease while enhancing your smile.
Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis
Oral cancer is on the rise; doctors are now linking HPV infections to more cancer cases than tobacco use. Our periodontist will remove a tissue sample if he or she suspects cancer and then send the sample to a lab for diagnosis by a pathologist. If the pathologist discovers malignant cells and additional treatment is needed, our gum disease specialist will talk to you about your options.
Individuals may avoid periodontal services because they are concerned about pain. Our periodontist is experienced in administering nitrous oxide and other sedation methods. Additionally, our office has a relaxing atmosphere, which puts our patients at ease. We will be happy to discuss your sedation options with you; do not hesitate to call our periodontics office for an appointment.
How Do I Find a Good Periodontist in Fairfax?
Healthy gums hold your teeth in place, preventing the problems associated with loose or missing teeth. Our gum disease specialist offers compassionate, professional care; expect a thorough explanation of your individualized treatment plan. If you have periodontal disease and your dentist recommended you to us, call to learn more about periodontics in Fairfax today at (571) 364-7943.