Periodontist in Baltimore City
When thinking about oral health most people worry abut tooth decay and the problems it can cause. Few people think about what might be happening with their gums. Periodontal disease can be just as troublesome as tooth decay, actually worse in many cases. Gum disease can lead to pain, tooth and even bone loss if left untreated. Our periodontist in Baltimore City
has been helping residents of this community to prevent and fight gum disease.
As the pockets get deeper the gum continue to detach from the teeth weakening the tooth’s stability. If allowed to continue periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and even weaken the bone material in the jaw. Gingivitis and other periodontal diseases are diagnosed by measuring the depth of the pockets between the teeth and gums. The initial treatment of choice for gum disease given by our periodontist in Baltimore City
is periodontal scaling and root planning. During this non-surgical procedure our doctor will scrap or cleanse the etiologic agents, such as tartar and plaque away from the gum and smooth the roots of the teeth, which will ease the inflammation and reduce the depth of the pockets. The treatment works well for those people with mild to moderate gingivitis. Our practice uses scaling and root planning to help prevent more severe periodontal disease, as well as to protect the teeth from bacteria and a weakening foundation in the gums. On the aesthetic side, the procedure cleans away the tartar and plaque, which results in brighter looking teeth and eliminates a source of chronic bad breath.
Another treatment offered by our periodontist in Baltimore City
consists of antibiotics administered either orally or in the form of a gel applied to the gums. They are often used in conjunction with scaling and root planning or surgery to increase the effectiveness of the procedures. For more severe cases of periodontal disease surgery is often indicated as the best treatment. Periodontal surgery removes the large bacteria colonies that have invaded the roots of the teeth and are undermining the gums and bone due to the constant state of inflammation they cause in the mouth’s tissue. Pocket reduction surgery eliminates a large amount of the bacteria, shrinks the pockets and saves the teeth, gums and bone. This surgery is done through traditional surgical means or can now be done using laser surgery, which greatly lessens the post-surgical recovery time and pain. Don’t let periodontal disease ruin your mouth make an appointment with our office for an evaluation today.
By Maryland Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants
May 10, 2016