Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401
Just like a house requires a firm foundation, your smile requires healthy gums to support your teeth. Approximately half of American adults over the age of 30 suffer from chronic gum disease resulting from poor oral hygiene, chronic health conditions, and other factors. Untreated gum disease can eventually lead to receding gums and bone loss, which can cause the teeth to shift or even fall out.
Early signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums. The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and can normally be reversed before it causes any permanent damage. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, you may require treatment by a gum disease expert known as a periodontist. As specialists, periodontists receive two to three years of additional training beyond traditional dental school that focuses on gum disease management, dental implant placement, and cosmetic techniques involving the gums, such as crown lengthening and gum grafting and contouring.
The term periodontics derives from the Greek words “perio” and “dontic” which means around the tooth. Periodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions affecting the gums, ligaments, and bones that hold the teeth in place. If you have receding gums, advanced gum disease, or a complex oral pathology, a gum specialist can recommend appropriate treatments.
At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, we offer a wide range of treatments and procedures designed to improve the health and appearance of your gums. Call today to arrange a consultation with one of our gum specialists who will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve better oral health.
If you are missing one or more teeth due to trauma or gum disease, dental implants are a long-lasting replacement option and look and feel more like natural teeth than traditional dentures. An implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root and a capping device such as a bridge, denture, or crown that resembles your natural teeth. Not only are implants more stable than traditional dentures, but they also help to preserve the bone structure of the jaw. This helps to keep facial proportions intact and reduces premature wrinkling around the mouth. Implants also help to reinforce the surrounding teeth so that they are less likely to shift out of place or fall out altogether.
Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque, which is that substance that forms on the teeth after eating or drinking. Inadequate brushing and flossing can allow the bacteria to build up to the point that it erodes the tooth enamel, causes cavities, and destroys the tissue, ligaments, and bone that hold the teeth in place. From scaling and root planing to bone and tissue grafting, our periodontist in Annapolis can recommend a treatment protocol to reverse the effects of advanced periodontal disease.
Your smile is uniquely yours. Although it is perfectly normal for some people to have more gum tissue surrounding their teeth than others, the fact that the excess tissue makes the teeth appear shorter than normal can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Our specialists can contour the gumline or lengthen the crown of the tooth to create a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile.
If your tooth roots are exposed due to receding gums, you are at higher risk for decay and further bone deterioration and gum recession that can lead to tooth loss. Our periodontal specialist can cover the exposed area by grafting tissue harvested from the palate or elsewhere in the mouth.
There has been an uptick in oral cancer diagnoses in recent years with more cases being attributed to human papillomavirus infections than to smoking. Unexplained growths, discolorations, and lesions that don’t heal can all be signs of oral cancer or another serious pathology. Our specialist can take a tissue sample in order to make a definitive diagnosis and help you find the best possible treatment option.
At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, our specialists are trained in nitrous oxide and other sedation techniques to keep you relaxed and comfortable during your procedure.
If you are suffering from painful or embarrassing gum health issues, call (410) 793-4922 today to arrange a consultation with one of our knowledgeable gum specialists.