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Healthy gums go hand in hand with healthy teeth to create good oral health. The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control, states that as many as 50 percent of Americans who are over 30 have gum disease in varying stages. Gum disease is also called periodontal disease, and gingivitis in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms include swollen, inflamed gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. This is unfortunate because gingivitis and its associated tooth loss is completely preventable, and the damage is reversible when caught at an early stage. If you experience any of these symptoms, call Dental One Associates of Frederick and we may be able to help you save your teeth.
What Differentiates a Periodontist from a General Dentist?
A periodontist has completed general dentistry schooling as well as two or three years of specialty training in the field of cosmetic dentistry and gum disease management. The word periodontic is a derivation of two Greek words, “perio” which means around and “dontic” which means tooth. A periodontal dentist specializes in the tissues that are around the teeth, which we call the gums. If you need dental implants, periodontal treatment or gum contouring, call our periodontics office in Frederick and we’ll schedule an appointment for you with one of our gum disease experts.
We offer the following periodontic services as well as many others to our Frederick patients:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Plaque forms on the teeth after eating or drinking, and when not removed, it can damage both the tooth enamel and the gums. Brushing and flossing removes the plaque, but when there is a considerable amount of time between brushing and flossing, the average daily routine isn’t enough by itself to fix the problem. If you have periodontal disease that’s causing problems with your teeth and gums, don’t hesitate to call our office. We can schedule an appointment with a gum disease specialist who will help you reverse the damage of periodontal disease.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are a very popular procedure that can replace missing teeth. A metal post is surgically implanted into the jawbone, and when the incision heals, the crown or bridge or denture can be permanently affixed to the post. Implants are as convenient as your natural teeth but they’re much more expensive. It’s always better to keep your natural teeth if possible. If you’re experiencing periodontal issues, call our office to schedule an appointment with a periodontist in Frederick. Don’t delay seeking treatment as it could jeopardize your teeth. Dental implants function well as replacements for your natural teeth, and they can help maintain the structural alignment of your jaw. They also help prevent the premature wrinkling that can occur around the mouth when teeth are missing.
The exposed part of your tooth is called the crown and it can, for various reasons, require lengthening. Sometimes, the need is cosmetic and sometimes there needs to be more tooth surface available so that a dental appliance can be attached, such as a crown or braces. A longer crown can provide a more aesthetically pleasing smile, so some of our patients want the procedure for that reason. Others want a more even gum line. Whatever your reasons for wanting longer crowns, we can help you. Call our Frederick office to schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert and we’ll help you get the smile you want.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Sometimes, patients have an excess amount of gum tissue and want to have it removed so that their gum line is more even and their smile is more flattering. A periodontist in Frederick can help with this procedure and provide you with the smile you want. Call us today and schedule an appointment with a gum disease specialist.
Soft Tissue Graft / Gum Grafting
When your gums have receded and exposed the roots of one or more of your teeth, it can be painful. If you have this condition, be sure to call our Frederick office and schedule an appointment for periodontal services. A graft will help cover the exposed areas and prevent your teeth from receding further. It will also help reduce the risk of decay and bone loss in your jaw. Call our Frederick office and let us help you.
Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis
In recent years, human papillomavirus, has become the leading cause of oral cancer in our society, surpassing smoking. We know that oral cancer is a scary situation, so if you have HPV and think you might have oral cancer, call us immediately. One of our gum disease experts will take tissue samples and send them to a lab and we’ll notify you as soon as we receive the results. If you have oral cancer, we’ll help you formulate a treatment regimen that will work with your lifestyle. You don’t have to do this alone, we’ll help you get through it so call us today.
Whatever treatment you receive from our office, we’ll do our utmost to ensure that you’re relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. We have a variety of sedation methods available, including nitrous oxide, and your gum disease expert will discuss your options during your initial consultation in our office in Frederick.
How Soon Can I Schedule a Consultation to See a Gum Specialist in Frederick?
We strive to provide the best and most timely service possible to our periodontal patients, so we’ll schedule you as soon as possible. If you have an emergency, then be sure to notify us when you call our Frederick office. If you need periodontics in Frederick, call Dental One Associates of Frederick at (301) 862-6783 and we’ll be glad to schedule an appointment with a periodontist and answer all your questions. Let us help you get started on regaining a healthy mouth.