There are many ways that our Baltimore periodontist
can help you to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums in addition to supporting your top oral health. One of the periodontal services that we at Maryland Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants provide is called crown lengthening. This is done when your teeth look as if they're too short. We say “look” because it is really just an illusion that is created by having excess gum tissue. Nevertheless, it can be addressed successfully.
If you are not satisfied with your smile the way it is and would prefer it to be less “gummy,” schedule a consultation and examination with our Baltimore periodontist
. Most patients can benefit from this simple procedure. It's a safe and effective process that involves reshaping of your excess gum and bone tissue. The result is an improved appearance as more of your natural teeth will be exposed.
Besides performing it for strictly cosmetic purposes, crown lengthening can also be done when your tooth does not extend out enough from your gum to place a needed crown or a large filling; when a tooth is broken below the gum line; or when you need a bridge to replace one or more missing teeth. In all of these instances, our Baltimore periodontist
can use the procedure to correct the problem at hand.
There are many other valuable periodontal services that we provide, including osseous surgery. Gum disease in its early stage is called gingivitis. When detected at that point, our Baltimore periodontist
can usually reverse the damage with a simple cleaning or two. The later stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis. Once it has progressed to that point, a more extreme type of cleaning, scaling and root planing, is generally called for. This is where ultrasonic and/or hand scraping tools are used to get down to the roots so that our periodontist can clean out the plaque and bacteria that are causing you difficulties. When infections develop in your gum pockets, osseous surgery trims the infected area and re-contours any uneven bone tissue, so that you are less prone to such infections in the future.
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1 Village Square, Ste 130
Baltimore, MD, 21210
By Maryland Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants
May 18, 2015