Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the process of replacing teeth with dental implants. Periodontists receive up to three years of additional, specialized training in treating periodontal disease and other conditions.
Periodontists are also specialists in treating oral inflammation and any condition requiring either non-surgical treatment or oral plastic surgery. Oftentimes, periodontists are treating conditions caused by periodontal disease and its effects such as persistent bad breath or gum recession.
For patients who believe that their smile is too “gummy” or that their teeth are too short, we are proud to offer crown lengthening services to fix those concerns. Crown lengthening procedures are done to expose more of the tooth and remove extra gum tissue. By doing this, we can reshape your gums and help give your teeth the look and shape you desire. In addition to the life-changing results, crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure that will allow for a more balanced, even smile.
The recovery time for the crown lengthening procedure is approximately three months. As your gums heal, you’ll be able to resume normal habits and functions. In recovery, you will be asked to avoid demanding activities during the first two to three days after your operation. Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount.
We are proud to offer dental implants for our patients. Dental implants are roots placed in your mouth for either permanent teeth to be placed on or ones that you can remove.
Dental implants are done to improve a patient’s smile and usually their self esteem. Having missing or bad teeth can be quite embarrassing. Dental implants also can be done to improve oral health. Many people find it easier to eat with dental implants. Their speech can also be improved. Dental implants are also more comfortable because they are made to become permanent.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is a serious issue that affects many people’s lives. Luckily our experienced periodontists are capable of treating periodontal disease in our patients, a field in which they have rigorous training and education.
The cleaning of calculus, or tartar, is a major component of treating periodontal disease. However, changes in the patient’s behavior are just as important. Making sure your dental hygiene habits are up to par is critical in the treatment of periodontal disease.
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, so it is critical to properly care for them. If you have periodontal disease, don’t feel hopeless. It is a treatable disease, but one that requires the patient to be aware and active with their dental care.request an appointment
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable. However, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.
After the scaling is complete, we will move onto root planing. The root planing technique is used to smooth out the tooth’s root and ultimately remove the pocket caused by bacteria. When the root has been effectively smoothed, the gums can be reattached and have a greater chance of fully healing.
Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan, we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount for making sure that periodontal disease doesn’t become worse after seeking initial treatment at our office.
One of the most common effects of gum disease is loose teeth. At Zaller Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists can stabilize your smile and keep your teeth in place with periodontal splinting in Reisterstown, Maryland. If you are living with gum disease and are concerned about keeping your smile intact, call 410-833-4880 to plan your visit with Dr. Stuart Zaller, Dr. Erin Lessans and Dr. Michele Shenk-Cooper.
As your bone and gum tissues deteriorate due to periodontal disease, heavy bite stress or other factors, your teeth weaken and become loose, increasing their risk of falling out or needing to be extracted. When this occurs, our dentists may recommend periodontal splinting to stabilize and support your teeth and improve your oral function.
Periodontal splints are usually made of a stabilizing wire or fiber-reinforced ribbon, which is similar in appearance to the wires used for fixed orthodontic retainers. Our dentists will drill small slots into the affected teeth, insert the wire into the slots and bond it in place. Composite material is often used in the bonding process to provide you with a more natural appearance. This splint links the teeth together, causing them to rely on their collective strength and providing stability for all the teeth connected by the wire. Periodontal splinting reduces the stress placed on your remaining gum tissue and allows you to continue enjoying your natural teeth.
If you have noticed a negative change in your smile, we encourage you to contact our team so that we can provide you with restorative treatment as soon as possible. To learn more about how periodontal splitting can benefit you or schedule your consultation with our dentists, please contact our office today.request an appointment