COVID-19 Safety Message: Visit our practice with confidence – your safety is our top concern.
We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern.
Good overall health includes proper oral health and in order to have good oral health, you need healthy gums. As many as 50 percent of American adults have gum disease in one stage or another, according to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control, which is part of the US federal government’s health department.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis and is noticeable through gums that are inflamed, swollen or red, and that bleed easily when you brush or floss. If your gums are bleeding, you may have gingivitis, which is also known as periodontal disease. Although gingivitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults, it’s completely preventable and if caught in the early stages, the damage it has wrought can be reversed. If you wait too long, however, your gums will begin to recede from your teeth and your teeth will loosen and fall out. Moreover, the ligaments that hold the teeth in place will deteriorate, and your jawbone can lose mass.
It’s unfortunate that so many people lose teeth due to periodontal disease, but it’s easy not to become one of them. Call our periodontics office in Pikesville and schedule an appointment with a gum disease specialist and let us save your teeth and your smile.
When Should I See A Periodontist in Pikesville?
If you want cosmetic dentistry such as gum contouring, then call Dental One Associates of Pikesville. If you need dental implants, one of our periodontists can help you. If you have periodontal disease, be sure to call our office without delay because delaying can cause you to lose your teeth.
The English word periodontic is a derivation of two Greek words, “perio” and “dontic,” meaning around the teeth. A periodontist has completed general dentistry training plus an additional two to three years of specialty training in dental implant placement, gum disease management and cosmetic dentistry. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the gums, and a periodontist is the best resource for you if you have periodontal disease. Although we provide many other periodontal services to our patients in Pikesville, the following are some of the most common treatments:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
When you eat or drink, a sticky residue remains on your teeth and it’s called plaque. It’s full of bacteria and if it’s not removed through brushing or flossing, it will begin to erode the enamel on your teeth and cause decay to form. The gums can also be attacked, as can the ligaments that secure your teeth and your jawbone. If you notice issues such as decay, cavities or bleeding, then you should contact our office right away for an appointment.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants have become very popular and for good reason. They look like your natural teeth, and they require the same care as your natural teeth, no removing and replacing for cleaning needed. Dental implants are also used to secure dental appliances such as a bridge or crown, and they help to maintain the structural alignment of your teeth and jaw. One of the most important aspects is that they prevent the premature wrinkles that can form around your mouth when you have teeth that are missing.
The part of your tooth that’s above the gum line is called the crown, and sometimes, the gums are too high on the tooth. This can cause the teeth to appear short and stubby, so lengthening the crown can increase the attractiveness of your smile. It can also facilitate the installation of an artificial crown or braces. The procedure is performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. If you need to have your crowns lengthened, call our Pikesville office and we can schedule an appointment for you with a periodontist.
Gummy Smile Surgery
If you have excessive gum tissue that makes your smile less attractive than you’d like, then this procedure can help you. Gum contouring can provide a longer crown and a more even gum line so you’ll be happier with your smile. If you want longer crowns or have an uneven gum line, call Dental One Associates of Pikesville today and schedule an appointment with a gum disease specialist in our office.
Soft Tissue Graft or Gum Grafting
If your gums have receded due to periodontal disease or for any other reason, a gum graft can restore the tissue that’s missing, which can help alleviate additional decay or bone loss and reduce the pain of exposed roots. This is a very common procedure, so if you need a gum graft, call us today and we’ll schedule a consultation with a gum disease expert in Pikesville.
Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis
The incidence of HPV, or human papillomavirus, has risen dramatically in the past several years and it has surpassed smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer. If you have HPV, or if you think you have oral cancer, call a periodontist in Pikesville office today and we’ll schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert as soon as possible. We know this is scary, but don’t delay in seeking help. The periodontist at our office will take tissue samples and send them to a lab for analysis. We’ll advise you of the results when we receive them and help you formulate a treatment protocol that will work with your lifestyle and preferences.
No matter the treatment you need, we’ll do our utmost to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible during the procedure. We have several methods of sedation available, including nitrous oxide, and your periodontist will go over them with you during your consultation at our Pikesville office.
When Can I Schedule a Consultation with a Gum Specialist in Pikesville?
If you need cosmetic dentistry or periodontics in Pikesville, call us at (443) 898-1231. Your gums are an integral part of your overall good oral health and we can help you get them in great shape. We look forward to speaking with you and answering all of your questions.