Do your gums regularly bleed when brushing? Have you noticed changes in the shape or color of the gums, fit of the bite?
Our Baltimore dentist office has a strong dental hygiene department with excellent dental hygienists who can provide you with anything from a gentle routine cleaning to effective treatment of periodontal disease.
There are two main stages of periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. The first is gingivitis, which is the milder form and easily reversible with regular flossing and routine professional cleaning. The second stage is periodontitis, which is a more serious, destructive form of gum disease diagnosed by the recession of gums and supporting bone away from the teeth.
Because gum disease is usually not painful, most patients may not know they have it until it is too late. Warning signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed during tooth brushing and/or flossing
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating; any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures.
To ensure that your gum disease doesn’t progress from a mild to more serious stage, we apply Arestin® antibiotic therapy and irrigation (flushing) to kill and eliminate any residual bacteria left after deep cleaning.
Dr. Lazer along with the hygienist examines your mouth for gum disease. Together they will recommend the appropriate treatment options.
Bident Tissue Recontouring
Bident is a bipolar surgical device that allows Dr. Lazer to offer advanced periodontal services that are quicker, safer and more comfortable. Common soft tissue procedures such as frenectomy, gingivoplasty, gingivectomy and crown lengthening can be performed in the comfort of our Baltimore dentist office.
Gum Disease FAQs
What causes gum disease?
Factors that contribute to periodontal disease include smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications, defective fillings, crooked teeth, systemic disease, improper home care, and irregular dental cleanings.
What are the gum disease treatment options?
Depending on your specific gum disease symptoms, Dr. Lazer offers several gum disease treatment options. Patients with early signs of gum disease may benefit from an intensive teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may be treated with laser dentistry. If you have missing teeth or are about to lose teeth as a result of gum disease, there are a number of replacement options including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule a consultation with Baltimore dentist Dr. Lazer today for a periodontal screening. Call (410) 697-6290 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.