A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that affect the gums and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Only a generation or two ago, dentures were the standard of care when decay and gum disease overtook a patients' mouth. Advancements allowing for early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment mean you can now expect to keep your teeth for your lifetime. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Learn more about Periodontal Disease & Therapy.
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Treatment of Gum Disease
Treating gum disease starts with the removal of any plaque and hardened deposits (tartar or calculus) on the tooth root surfaces. This may be followed by other non-surgical treatments and/or periodontal surgery to remove diseased tissue and restore your mouth to the best possible health.
Oral DNA Testing
Research published in November, 2016 now confirms a causal relationship between periodontal bacteria and cardiovascular disease, futher emphasizing the importance of treatment. Gum disease is also connected to conditions such as diabetes, fetal health and viabilty and several cancers. To this end, Towson Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics performs Oral DNA testing to identify which disease causing bacteria are present. As we continue to learn more about the severity of periodontal infections and how closely linked they are to your overall health, having detailed information about your genetic susceptibility and the bacteria that are present in our mouth will be critical in determining your oral and overall general health.
Traditional periodontal treatment often requires detailed and invasive surgery, sutures and frequent, monitored after-care. While our highly skilled periodontists are effective providers of both procedures, choosing LANAP® allows most patients to free themselves of these concerns. Your dental health has a significant impact on your overall health. Once diagnosed, accepting periodontal treatment is critical to the health of your mouth and your body's ability to keep itself healthy. We hope this comparison helps you make an informed decision concerning your care and treatment. Click Here to Learn More
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that deteriorates when even one tooth is lost.
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- Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
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Cosmetic Gum Surgery
The gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth plays a big role in how appealing your smile will look. Excess gum tissue, gum recession, and an uneven gum line are all problems that can often be successfully treated surgically at the dental office. Learn more about Cosmetic Gum Surgery.
If gum recession is affecting your health or your appearance, a routine surgical procedure called gum grafting may help. It involves carefully placing a small amount of new tissue in an area where little or no gum tissue currently exists — typically recommended to prevent further gum recession or to help cover tooth root surfaces that have become exposed. Learn more about Gum Grafting.
There are times when it is in your best interest to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons, including: damage or trauma to the tooth; extensive gum disease; extensive tooth decay; or overcrowding. Learn more about Tooth Extractions.
Bone grafting, a minor in-office surgical procedure, is commonly used in dentistry to correct deficiencies in bone quantity and to build support for teeth or dental implants. Learn more about Bone Grafting.
Treatment of Loose Teeth & Bite Problems
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of loose teeth, though placing too much stress on the teeth can aggravate the problem. Whatever the cause, loose teeth require immediate treatment. Learn more about Loose Teeth & Bite Problems.