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You can’t have healthy teeth if you don’t have healthy gums. Unfortunately, almost 50 percent of adult Americans have recurring gum disease, according to the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control of the federal government.
This contributes to the loss of their teeth and can adversely affect their physical health. Gum disease is also called periodontal disease and it starts as gingivitis. At this stage, gums are probably inflamed and sensitive, and may bleed during brushing or flossing; gingivitis at this stage can be treated and reversed before it causes permanent damage. Left untreated, infection can set in and cause the gums to shrink from the teeth, which destroys both the bone and the ligaments that hold the teeth in place. Advanced gingivitis is the primary cause of tooth loss in American adults, which is unfortunate because it’s completely preventable.
What’s the Function of a Periodontist?
A periodontal dentist is an expert in gum disease who can help you eliminate gingivitis and the subsequent loss of your teeth. Although artificial teeth are available, they are expensive and require an adjustment period; maintaining your natural teeth is always the better option if possible.
The word periodontics is a derivation of two Greek words, “dontic” which means tooth and “perio” which means around. A periodontist is a dentist who has completed general dentistry training plus an additional two to three years of specialty training in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and gum disease management techniques. If you want cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring or lip repositioning, or if you need treatment for gum disease, call our periodontist in Baltimore and schedule an appointment. We’ll answer all your questions and allay any concerns you might have. We’d be delighted to welcome you to our office if you need a periodontist in Baltimore.
We specialize in issues involving the soft tissues of the gums, but our periodontics office in Baltimore provides the following services and more:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
After we eat or drink, a sticky, bacteria-filled substance called plaque forms on our teeth. If not removed by brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings, it can cause the erosion of your tooth enamel and hasten the onset of decay. It can also precipitate the breakdown of your jawbone and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. A periodontal disease treatment can remove plaque from the hidden places in your mouth that you might not have reached through normal maintenance. If you’re experiencing pain in your gums, call Dental One Associates of Maryland and we’ll schedule an appointment for you.
Dental Implant Placement
If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth, dental implants might be the answer for you. Implants look like your natural teeth and they last for a long time. A metal implant is surgically placed into your jawbone and functions like the root of your tooth. Your dental bridge, crown or denture is then permanently affixed to the implant, which enables your teeth to remain in proper alignment and the structure of your jawbone to remain strong. It also prevents wrinkling around the mouth that can occur as a result of missing teeth. READ MORE
The exposed part of your tooth is called the crown and in some people, it’s very short. Lengthening a crown can remove some of the gum around the tooth in order to expose more tooth and can be done for several reasons. Sometimes, it’s necessary in order to install a crown or a bracket for braces. Some patients want excess gum tissue removed so they have a less gummy smile. If you have more questions about having your crowns lengthened, call our office in Baltimore and we’ll be happy to answer them.
Gummy Smile Surgery
If you have excess gum tissue around your teeth, your teeth can appear short or stubby. Many of our patients prefer to have more tooth crown exposed, so they want some of their excess gum tissue removed. Our periodontist can remove excess gum tissue and provide you with a more even gum line and longer tooth crowns, which may enhance your smile.
Soft Tissue Graft / Gum Graft
If your gums have receded from your teeth, the root may be exposed and you may be experiencing pain. The gum grafting procedure will replace the missing gum tissue and reduce the risk of additional gum shrinkage, decay or bone loss.
Oral Pathology And Oral Cancer Diagnosis
HPV, or the human papillomavirus, has replaced smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer. If you need to see a gum disease expert, call our office for a consultation. We can take a sample of a suspect area and send it to our lab. Our dental professionals will be available to discuss treatment protocols and help you make a decision on your best treatment regimen.
We strive to ensure your comfort no matter which procedure you have. We have several options available for sedation, including nitrous oxide. During your initial consultation, your gum disease specialist will discuss your preferences for your treatment and your comfort.
Can I Get a Consultation with a Gum Disease Specialist in Baltimore Today?
We do our best to schedule our patients in a timely manner. If you need emergency periodontics in Baltimore, let us know and we’ll schedule you in the same day if possible. Your gums are important to your overall health, so if you need periodontal services for your gums, call one of our 12 Baltimore offices. We’ll schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert in our office. Don’t delay in seeking treatment for your gums, call us today and let us help you achieve a healthy mouth with healthy gums.
Valley Dental Associates at (443) 898-1240, Dental One Associates of Westminster at (410) 970-0292, Dental One Associates of Pikesville at (443) 898-1231, Dental One Associates of Bel Air at (410) 698-1674, Dental One Associates of Frederick at (301) 862-6783, Dental One Associates of Cross Keys at (443) 863-6394, Dental One Associates at Beltway at (410) 775-5536, Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf at (301) 861-0665, Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill at (240) 766-8568, Dental One Associates at Steeplechase at (240) 392-3983, Dental One Associates of Columbia at (410) 346-2350, or Dental One Associates of Annapolis at (410) 793-4922.