Periodontology Specialist

My Face, My Smile

Shahrokh Soltani, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry & Medical Spa located in Arlington, VA

If you want a healthy smile, you need healthy gums. If you want healthy gums, you need to schedule a visit with My Face, My Smile. At his state-of-the-art clinic in Arlington, Virginia, Shahrokh Soltani, DMD, and the team of dental experts provide exceptional periodontology services to keep all the elements of your smile healthy and beautiful. Book your visit today by calling the office or scheduling online.

Periodontology Q & A

What is periodontology?

Periodontology is the dental specialty that’s dedicated to the health and maintenance of your periodontium. Your periodontium is the system of hard and soft tissues that support your teeth and keep them connected to your jaw. It includes your:

  • Tooth sockets
  • Gums
  • Cementum (tissue that covers tooth roots)
  • Periodontal ligaments (tiny fibers that hold teeth in place)

In clinical settings, periodontists typically specialize in providing treatments for complex cases of gum disease and dental implant therapy to replace missing teeth.

What does the periodontium do?

The periodontium serves a few very important functions for your teeth and your smile, including:

Connects your teeth and jaw

Your periodontium keeps your teeth securely attached to your jaw.

Shock absorption

When you bite and chew, you put excessive force on your teeth. Your periodontium acts as a shock absorber for this excessive force, which protects your teeth from damage.

Holds your teeth in position

Your periodontium helps maintain the alignment of your teeth, enabling you to chew more comfortably and effectively.

Why is the health of my periodontium important?

Your periodontium is a vital component of your mouth, so its health is inextricably tied to the health of the rest of your smile. Gum disease, for example, is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults and can cause significant damage to your smile.

The health of your gums is also connected to the health of the rest of your body. Researchers have found connections between gum disease and a number of health conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers theorize that the inflammation in your gums caused by periodontitis can trigger inflammation in the rest of your body. They also suspect that the bacteria in your teeth and gums can make its way into your bloodstream, where it can harm other organs in your body.

To learn more about how Dr. Soltani and the team of dental professionals at My Face, My Smile can use periodontology to keep your smile and overall health in optimal condition, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

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