Many patients will experience some symptoms of gum disease at some point in their dental health journey. However, gum disease can have irreversible effects on the appearance and health of your soft tissues if left untreated. At Dental Excellence, we provide patients with comprehensive periodontal disease treatment plans to help them get back on track to their dream smile following experiencing gum disease. Our treatment plans may include scaling and root planing, which is a deep clean of the pockets of your gums to remove any harmful bacteria.
Gum Disease Treatment in Towson, MD
Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson, as well as our skilled hygienists Kim and Sarah, are trained dental professionals when it comes to periodontal disease treatment. Once gum disease development starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent or slow its progress. We are happy to answer any and all questions you might have about how we treat gum disease in our Towson, MD dentist office. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Bleeding gums, or gingivitis, is the most common early-stage symptom of gum disease. Additional symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, swollen gums. tender gums, sensitive teeth, receding gums, or longer appearing teeth. Your dentist and hygienist will do a periodontal disease screening during your routine oral health and wellness visits to monitor the progression of your gum health.
How can I best prevent gum disease from developing?
The best way to prevent gum disease from developing past the early stages of gingivitis is to schedule regular oral health and wellness visits with our dental professionals. We recommend scheduling these appointments once every six months.
During these appointments, one of our highly skilled hygienists will professionally clean your dentition of all plaque and tartar buildup. This buildup is what will eventually cause gum disease because it is composed of bacteria that eat away at your soft tissues. Beyond that, remember to brush and floss regularly–at least twice a day.
Restore Your Gum Health in Towson, MD
We use advanced technology to improve your experience and results. Digital imaging and advanced treatment options can help you to resolve gum disease symptoms, treat damage, and maintain healthy gums for the future.
We use the Piezo Ultrasonic scaler, or Cavitron to address plaque on the surface of the teeth and gums. This device is used chairside and can effectively remove calculus above and below the gum line while also stimulating the healing process.
Cavitron: How does it work?
The tip of the Piezo Ultrasonic scaler vibrates, which produces twenty to thirty thousand sound waves per second, sometimes emitting a high-pitched tone. A water jet is used along with the vibrating tip and when the sound waves combine with the water, the water molecules are blasted apart releasing oxygen molecules into the area.
Since the bacteria that cause gum disease are anaerobic, meaning they cannot exist in the presence of oxygen, they are destroyed by this therapeutic effect of oxygenation. This means that the bacteria that cause gum disease can be destroyed and healing of the tissues can be initiated, simply by delivering oxygen to specific sites.
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Has it been a while since you sat in the dental chair? Are you concerned about your gum health and want to get a professional opinion? Our dental care team is highly trained and committed to upholding our office mission and philosophy of excellence in all things dentistry. From routine general dental care to advanced treatment options, experience the difference that our approach to excellence in dentistry can make in the health of your smile. Please schedule an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon.