Dental One Associates at Beltway
7650 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236
Bright, shiny teeth are only one indication of a healthy smile. For a truly healthy mouth, you also need healthy gums. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of all U.S. adults over the age of 30 have some level of chronic gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease. The mildest form of gum disease is gingivitis. At this stage, you may notice that your gums look red and swollen or that they tend to bleed when you brush or floss. With prompt treatment, gingivitis can be successfully treated before there is any permanent damage to the teeth or gums.
If left untreated, gum disease can progress to the point that it causes the gums to recede and destroys the ligaments and bones that support the teeth leading to tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can even affect more than your teeth and gums. It can also increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions.
A periodontist is a gum disease specialist. The term periodontics derives from the Greek words “perio,” which means around, and “dontic,” which means tooth. In addition to undergoing the same training as general dentists, periodontists receive two to three years of additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease as well as complex periodontal procedures, such as dental implant placement, gum contouring, and lip repositioning. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled gum disease specialists to find out how periodontics can transform your oral health.
At Dental One Associates at Beltway, we offer a wide range of procedures to restore and improve the health and appearance of the soft gum tissue ranging from periodontal disease treatment and dental implant placement to oral cancer diagnosis. Based on your particular oral health needs, our gum disease expert will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve a healthier mouth.
If you have multiple missing teeth, dental implants are a natural and long-lasting replacement alternative. The process involves embedding a titanium implant post into the jawbone. The post mimics the natural tooth root and provides a stable foundation for a bridge, crown, or denture. Not only do dental implants look and function more like natural teeth, but they also help prevent bone loss in the jaw, help preserve facial structure and proportions, prevent wrinkles around the mouth, and reinforce the surrounding teeth so that they do not shift out of place.
After we eat or drink, a sticky substance forms on our teeth. This substance is called plaque, and it serves as a breeding ground for bacteria. If not removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria can attack the tooth enamel as well as the soft tissue and supporting structures that hold the teeth in place. If you have severe periodontal disease, a specialist can perform scaling and root planing, bone grafts, and other procedures to treat the infected areas and regenerate the tissue and bone.
Smiles are as unique as fingerprints. Some people naturally have an excessive amount of gum tissue surrounding their teeth. This can make the teeth look short and your smile appear gummy. Our periodontal expert can contour and reshape your gum line or perform a crown lengthening procedure to create a more flattering smile.
Receding gums increase the risk for decay and future bone and tooth loss. Our periodontal expert can use gum grafting to cover up any exposed tooth roots. A gum graft typically involves taking tissue from the palate and using it to cover the exposed tooth root.
Oral cancer rates have been on the rise in recent years. The two most common causes are smoking and human papillomavirus infections. If you have any suspicious lumps, bumps, or lesions, our periodontal expert can take a tissue sample and send it to a lab for microscopic analysis. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, we will go over all of your treatment options.
The comfort of our patients is our top priority, which is why we offer nitrous oxide and other types of sedation to keep you relaxed and minimize any discomfort during your procedure.
If you have gum disease or other gum health issues, call Dental One Associates at Beltway at (410) 775-5536 to schedule a consultation with one of our caring gum health specialists.