and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
At Baltimore Dental Arts, we have two periodontal specialists on staff that have received additional training in gum-related treatments, such as periodontal therapy. This allows us to offer patients suffering from gum disease advanced treatments that effectively fight off harmful oral bacteria and restore the health of your oral tissues, which are the foundation of your smile. To learn more about how we can help you battle and reverse the effects of this common oral health problem, contact our office today!
Scaling and root planing is a two-step process that allows us to reduce the prevalence of harmful oral bacteria and minimize the impact of uncomfortable gum disease symptoms. First, Dr. Ward or Dr. Murphy will clear all plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, as far down as the pockets of your receded gums. Then, we’ll smooth out the roots of your teeth, which will allow your gums to healthily reattach and provide them with protection.
Gum recession is a common symptom of periodontitis that causes your teeth to look longer and your gums to shrink back and unveil the roots of your teeth. When left unaddressed, it can cause permanent damage to your smile, including tooth loss. Our periodontal experts offer gum grafting, which involves taking a small portion of healthy oral tissue from another area of your mouth to restore the receded area of your gums that has begun to reveal the roots of your teeth.
If you have a tooth that’s decayed or broken above the gumline, we need to be able to access the area to treat the issue or place a restoration over the damaged tooth to protect it from further harm. In these cases, we can complete an advanced procedure called crown lengthening. Using a soft tissue laser, she’ll precisely re-sculpt your gumline to reveal more of your dental structure. This procedure can also be used to create a beautiful cosmetic appearance as well.
One harmful effect of periodontitis is bone loss, which can alter the appearance of your facial structure and weaken the foundation of your smile. Osseus surgery is typically recommended for patients who have suffered from the loss of the structures that support your teeth. It’s a traditional procedure where we will gently remove all infected gum tissue and diseased bone to create a healthier environment and halt the progression of worsening gum disease symptoms.
Untreated gum disease commonly results in gum and bone loss, which leads to oral deterioration and permanent effects like tooth loss. To keep this from occurring and help preserve the health of your mouth, we can conduct a bone graft. This involves us clearing away any infected gum tissue and bone that can aid the spread of the disease. We’ll then place a synthetic bone graft material that will help new bone regenerate, strengthening the foundation of your smile and preventing additional damage from occurring.
Ridge preservation is a very effective treatment that can help patients who have lost permanent teeth due to gum disease. As long as your jawbone isn’t being stimulated by the roots of your teeth, it will deteriorate. We offer ridge preservation to help aid the regeneration of this area to prevent sunken and droopy cheeks and make sure that you remain a good candidate for tooth replacement procedures, such as dental implants. We’ll gently lift the gums away from the bridge to expose the bone. We’ll then fill at-risk areas with a bone graft material to keep it shrinking over time.