Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf
3500 Old Washington Road, Suite 301, Waldorf, MD 20602
You need healthy gums as well as healthy teeth in order to have good oral health. If you’re having problems with your gums, then call our periodontics office in Waldorf to schedule an appointment.
When your gums bleed during flossing and brushing, or if your gums are inflamed and sensitive, you may have the early stages of gingivitis. According to the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control, almost half of adults over the age of 30 have gum disease in one stage or another. Gum disease is, unfortunately, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and it is curable and completely preventable. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease and it can cause the loss of your teeth, the ligaments in your jaw, and your jawbone. Call Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf if you have gum disease and let our periodontist help you regain your healthy gums.
A periodontist has completed general dental school and then completed a minimum of two years of additional study involving cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and gum disease management. The word periodontic is derived from the Greek words, “perio” meaning around, and “dontic” meaning tooth. A periodontist is a gum disease expert who specializes in diseases of the gum, cosmetic dentistry, and the placement of dental implants. If you need periodontics in Waldorf, then call our office to schedule an appointment. Although we offer many other periodontal services to our patients, these are the most commonly scheduled procedures:
Plaque is a sticky substance that’s filled with bacteria and it remains on your teeth after eating and drinking. Unless it’s removed by brushing and flossing, it can start to erode your tooth enamel and trigger cavities and decay. It can also attack your gums and cause the ligaments to break down and your jawbone to deteriorate. A gum disease expert can deliver an effective treatment to remove the plaque and restore your gum health, as well as provide methods for preventing future recurrences.
Dental implants are very popular as replacements for missing teeth, but they’re also used to secure dental appliances and to help maintain the structural stability of your teeth and jaw. This prevents facial distortion and the premature wrinkles that can form when you’re missing teeth. Dental implants consist of a metal rod that’s surgically implanted into the jaw. The desired dental appliance is then attached to the implant.
The area of your tooth that extends beyond the gum line is called the crown, and some people have very short crowns. Lengthening the crown can facilitate the installation of various dental appliances, such as a bridge, crown, or braces. We also perform this procedure for cosmetic reasons, such as when a client wants a toothier smile. If you want to have your crowns lengthened, call us for an appointment with a periodontist in Waldorf. We’d love to help you get the smile you want.
Some people have more gum tissue than they’d like, so they feel that their smiles show short, stubby teeth. If you want longer crowns for a more pleasing smile, then call our Waldorf office. Our gum disease specialist can remove the excess tissue and provide you with a more even gum line.
If you have receding gums, call our office for a consultation. Gums that have receded can expose the roots of your teeth and cause you pain as well as increase your risk for infection and bone loss. Our gum disease specialist can perform a gum graft to restore the missing tissue and provide you with a flattering smile once again.
If you think you have oral cancer, whether it’s from smoking, HPV or any other cause, call our office for a consultation. A periodontist in Waldorf can take tissue samples and send them to a lab for analysis. We’ll notify you of the results whether they are positive or negative. If they’re negative, we’ll show you how to ensure that they stay negative, and if they’re positive, we’ll help you with a treatment regimen that will suit your lifestyle and your preferences. We know that this can be scary, but you don’t have to face it alone, so call us today.
Regardless of the procedure you’re receiving, we’ll do our best to ensure that you’re comfortable. We have several sedation methods available, including nitrous oxide, and your periodontist will discuss them with you.
We strive to schedule our patients as soon as possible when they call our office, but your appointment may not be the same day you call. If you have an urgent need for periodontal treatment in Waldorf, be sure to let us know when you call. Your gums are integral to your good health and beautiful smile, and we want to help you keep them in the healthiest condition possible. Call Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf today for more information and to schedule an appointment in our Waldorf office. We look forward to hearing from you.