Periodontics Fairfax VA
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is the top cause of tooth loss among Americans. Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing. If you do have gum disease, treating it with periodontic treatments is important for maintaining good oral health. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Likewise, if you suffer from gum disease or other oral health issues, don't ignore it any longer. Get prompt treatment so you can save your teeth. The team at Breeze Dental can help. Call our office at (703) 844-2991 to learn more.
There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, as well as another that connects the lower lip to the gums. These pieces of tissue keep your lips and gums in place. If the frenulum is too short or thick, it will cause issues with speech and tooth misalignment. In some cases, periodontic surgery is needed to fix the problem. A frenectomy is a surgical procedure performed with either a scalpel or a laser. The procedure is very quick, taking just 15 minutes. It is done under anesthesia, so there is minimal discomfort. Frenectomies are often very successful.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, and if not removed promptly, it hardens to form tartar. Tartar harbors bacteria that attack the gums. This causes gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, it then turns into periodontitis, which destroys the gum tissue surrounding your teeth as well as the bone that holds your teeth in place. The periodontic disease advances silently, often without pain. There are very few warning signs except for bleeding gums and bad breath. Tooth loss occurs quickly without treatment.
Do you wake up in the morning with sore jaws? Do you feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite? If so, you may need an occlusal adjustment. An occlusal adjustment corrects bite misalignment issues. It can help those with loose or shifting teeth and those who grind or clench them. Once your bite is adjusted, this will eliminate excess pressure on your teeth. Occlusal adjustment uses a dental drill and a fine filing stone. You will feel minimal discomfort.