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You need healthy gums in addition to healthy teeth in order to have good oral health. Unfortunately, almost half of the adults in America have recurring gum disease, according to the government’s CDC, or Centers for Disease Control.
If your gums are inflamed and swollen or if they bleed when you brush or floss, you may have chronic gum disease, also known as gingivitis, which is curable. When treated in its early stages, the adverse effects of gingivitis can be reversed. When not treated, gingivitis can cause your gums to recede from your teeth and expose the roots. It can destroy the ligaments that hold your teeth in place and cause your jawbone to deteriorate. Gum disease is the primary factor for tooth loss in adults and it’s completely preventable. If you have any stage of gingivitis, call our periodontics office in The Village of Cross Keys and we will help you get rid of your gum disease once and for all. Don’t risk losing your teeth to this completely preventable disease.
What Is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a general dentist who has completed a minimum of two years of specialized training in the area of cosmetic dentistry and gum disease management. The word periodontal is derived from two Greek words, “perio” and “dontic,” which mean “around” and “tooth.” Periodontists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of issues that involve the gum tissues. They’re also specialists in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants, so if you want to have gum contouring or crown lengthening, you would see a periodontist. If you need these treatments, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys and we can help you. We provide the following periodontal services as well as many other general dentistry services.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Plaque is a sticky substance that is found on your teeth after you eat or drink, and it’s laden with bacteria. When it isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, it begins to erode the tooth enamel and can cause cavities. When it remains on the teeth for extended periods, it can destroy the soft gum tissues, break down the ligaments that secure the teeth, and erode the jawbone. The result of this cycle is that your teeth can loosen and fall out and you’ll need dentures or implants in order to maintain the structural alignment of your jaw.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are very popular. They’re an excellent solution for missing teeth and they help prevent the premature wrinkling that can occur due to missing teeth. Implants look like your natural teeth and can provide the structure that your jaw needs. Dental implants use a metal post that’s surgically implanted into the jawbone to serve as the root of the artificial tooth. The bridge, crown or denture is then permanently attached to the implant.
The part of the tooth that extends above the gum line is called the crown, and sometimes it needs to be lengthened, either for aesthetic or functional reasons. Sometimes, a dentist will need more room to attach a crown or to install braces, so some of the excess gum tissue will be removed to ensure the crown has sufficient length on which to secure the device. Some patients want a toothier smile or a more even gum line, so they want their crowns to be lengthened. If you need or want your crowns lengthened, call us and we’ll schedule an appointment for you with a periodontist in The Village of Cross Keys.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Some people have an excess of gum tissue that makes their teeth appear short or stubby. If you have this issue and would like your teeth to appear longer, then call our The Village of Cross Keys office to schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert. You’ll get a prettier smile and an even gum line.
Soft Tissue Graft / Gum Grafting
If your gums have receded from your teeth and exposed the roots of one or more teeth, call our dental office in The Village of Cross Keys and we’ll make an appointment for you to see a gum disease specialist. You don’t need to suffer the pain of one or more exposed roots. Set up a consultation today and let us alleviate your pain and restore your smile.
Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis
HPV, or human papillomavirus, has usurped smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer in our society. If you have HPV and think you might have oral cancer, don’t delay in seeking a diagnosis and treatment. A gum disease expert in The Village of Cross Keys can take tissue samples and send them to a lab for confirmation. If the test is positive, we can help you establish a treatment protocol that will work with your lifestyle. We know that this is can be a frightening ordeal, but you don’t have to face it alone. Call us today and our gum disease specialist will help you get through the diagnosis and the treatment.
Whichever periodontal treatment you need, we’ll do our utmost to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible. We offer a variety of sedation methods, including nitrous oxide. During your initial appointment, your periodontist in The Village of Cross Keys will discuss the various options available to you and help you decide on the appropriate choice for your situation. Call us today to get started on your periodontal treatment.
Can I Get a Same Day Appointment with a Gum Specialist in The Village of Cross Keys?
We do our best to schedule our patients as quickly as possible but the sooner you call, the sooner you can get an appointment. If you’re experiencing an emergency, be sure to let us know when you call. Maintaining healthy gums is essential to maintaining good oral health as well as good physical health. Don’t delay obtaining treatment if you need periodontics in The Village of Cross Keys. We’ll schedule you as soon as possible so that you can regain a healthy mouth and your beautiful smile.