Dr. Gouldin is a periodontist, that is, a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, as well as the treatment planning, placement and maintenance of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. Dr. Gouldin's office is in Falls Church, and the doctor and his staff have had the pleasure of serving Northern Virginia since 1995.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins, or poisons, which irritate the gums. These bacteria may cause the gums to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this disease can lead to tooth loss, and in fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Read more about preventing gum disease.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Learn more about dental implants.
We are pleased to now offer LANAP™ - FDA-approved laser gum surgery for periodontal care. LANAP™ creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease. Read more about laser gum surgery.