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Enjoy Better Gum Health with Periodontics in Abingdon
Despite the fact that most people acknowledge that healthy gums are the key to a healthy mouth, chronic gum disease is still the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all adults in their 30s in the United States have some level of periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. At this point, the condition is normally painless, but your gums may be red and swollen or bleed when you brush or floss. In many cases, gingivitis can be reversed before there is any permanent damage to the gums. If not treated, the disease can progress to the point that infection sets in under the gumline, which can cause the gums to recede and destroy the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. Eventually, the teeth can become loose and fall out.
If your general dentist has diagnosed you with advanced periodontal disease, you may need the services of a gum disease expert known as a periodontist. As a gum disease specialist, a periodontist receives two to three years of advanced training beyond dental school focused on diagnosing and treating diseases of the gums and procedures related to the gums, such as lip repositioning, gum grafting, and implant placement. If you are suffering from a serious gum condition, our periodontist in Abingdon can recommend periodontal services to get you on the track toward better oral health.
What Does a Gum Disease Expert Do?
At Dental One Associates of Bel Air, our periodontal specialists diagnose and treat various conditions involving the soft gum tissue. The term periodontics comes from the Greek words “perio” and “dontic,” meaning around the teeth and encompasses a wide range of procedures. The following are just a few of the services performed by our periodontist in Abingdon:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Plaque, which is a sticky substance that develops on our teeth after eating and drinking, is a fertile breeding ground for bacteria. If not removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria can attack your tooth enamel to cause cavities and collect under the gumline where it can destroy the bone and tissue that secure your teeth in place. Advanced gum disease is typically treated by scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, and bone and tissue grafts.
Dental Implant Placement
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a long-lasting alternative to regular dentures. An implant post is surgically embedded into the jawbone to provide a foundation for the replacement teeth. Once the implant has healed, a crown, bridge, or denture is attached. The new teeth look and feel just like natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, implants help prevent bone loss, which helps keep facial proportions intact and prevents premature wrinkles from forming around the mouth. Implants also reinforce the remaining teeth, so they are less likely to shift out of place.
The crown is the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gumline. It is sometimes necessary to increase the amount of the crown that is visible by removing some of the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth. Our periodontal specialist may recommend this type of procedure to prepare a tooth for a crown or orthodontic treatment or to make it easier to attach a partial denture.
Gum Contouring for a Gummy Smile
Your smile is as unique as your personality. Having extra gum tissue around the teeth is perfectly normal, but it can make the teeth appear too short and out of proportion for the face. Our specialist can correct a gummy smile by removing some of the excess tissue and reshaping the gumline.
Soft Tissue Grafting
A tissue graft is typically performed when the gums have receded to the point that a portion of the tooth root is visible. The area is covered with tissue from elsewhere in the mouth to reduce further recession and to reduce the risk of decay and bone loss.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer appears to be on the rise, and more cases are being linked to human papillomavirus infections than to smoking. Common signs of oral cancer include lesions that don’t heal, discolorations of the gums or lining of the mouth, and unusual growths. If you have any areas of concern, our specialist can perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.
At Dental One Associates of Bel Air your comfort is our top priority. Our specialists are trained in multiple sedation techniques, such as nitrous oxide, and they will help you find an appropriate option during your consultation.
Am I a Candidate for Periodontics in Abingdon?
To find out which of our services is right for you, contact our periodontics office at (410) 698-1674 to schedule a consultation with our gum disease specialist.