Treating dental concerns as soon as possible can ensure that patients do not require complex restorative care down the road. If you have oral health issues, you may already be at risk for further dental and overall health problems. It is important to receive the right dental care before these problems worsen.
Whether you have missing teeth, bleeding gums, failing teeth, or dental anxiety, our dental care team is committed to the best possible patient experience. Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier are Towson, MD, prosthodontists that help patients reach their oral health goals. They have years of experience in helping patients restore missing or damaged teeth.
Common Dental Concerns
We emphasize the importance of routine dental care in our Towson, MD, dental office. Our dental hygienists and office staff look forward to seeing patients for their appointments to help prevent some of the most common dental problems, including:
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may have gingivitis. Marked by gum inflammation and bleeding, gingivitis is one of the early stages of gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Routine dental visits and good oral hygiene are best for gingivitis. We also provide more extensive treatment if it progresses into gum disease.
If you have had a previous negative experience at the dentist or if you are nervous about complex dental procedures, give our office a call with your concerns. We offer dental sedation if you require extensive treatment. Our dentists will review your treatment plan with you so you can feel comfortable in their care.
“Failing” teeth are often decayed and damaged teeth or missing teeth that require an extensive “smile makeover.” We offer various dental services to help repair teeth, remove tooth or gum infections, and restore the dental structure.
Our dentists provide dental implants, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures for patients with single missing teeth or full arches of lost teeth. Replacing missing or lost teeth helps support the health of the teeth and gums. Restoring your smile also provides a more balanced bite.
Treating Your Dental Concerns
After a thorough examination, we will discuss your treatment options with you. We always take the budget, oral health, and dental history into account before recommending care. Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier work with patients to build a comprehensive treatment plan for dental concerns. From gingivitis and dental fear to failing or missing teeth, whatever your needs, we can help.
We also provide dental sedation or anesthesia if you or a loved one suffer from dental fear or anxiety. We make it our mission to provide comfortable dental care in a friendly office environment.
Dental Concerns FAQs
You may have some questions about common dental concerns. We will address some of them here.
When should I worry about bleeding gums?
If the bleeding persists after brushing or flossing or accompanies symptoms like gum swelling, redness, or pain, it may be a sign of an underlying problem. These signs may indicate gum diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis, requiring dental evaluation and treatment. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist to address the issue because early intervention can help prevent further complications, including tooth loss and damage to the supporting bone. Persistent gum bleeding can also lead to anemia due to iron loss.
What will dentists do for bleeding gums?
When you visit a dentist for bleeding gums, they will first thoroughly examine your mouth, checking for signs of gum disease, plaque, and tartar. Your dentist may prescribe some medications, such as antibiotics or antiseptic mouthwash. They may also suggest regularly adjusting your oral hygiene habits, like brushing and flossing. In more severe cases, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist for specialized treatment, such as scaling and root planing, or surgical intervention if necessary.
How can I overcome severe dental anxiety?
You can take steps to help you become more comfortable visiting the dentist. Firstly, inform your dentist about your dental anxiety and discuss any worries or concerns with them. Secondly, focus on relaxation techniques like deep breathing and visualizing calm images. This can help reduce stress levels when visiting the dentist.
Lastly, asking for topical anesthetics before treatment can reduce discomfort and make it easier to remain relaxed during the visit. Also, try to bring a friend or family member that will wait for you in the lobby. Avoiding the dentist can cause severe tooth problems in the future. Cavities, plaque and tarter, and gum disease will affect people that avoid the dentist.
What are the signs of a failing tooth?
One common indicator of a failing tooth is persistent, untreated dental pain. Other signs of a failing tooth include sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling or tenderness in the gums around the affected tooth, discoloration or darkening, and bad breath caused by an infection. If you suspect your tooth is failing, see a dentist as soon as possible. Early diagnosis can help reduce any potential damage.
How do you fix failing teeth?
To fix failing teeth, your dentists may use treatments like dental fillings for cavities, root canals for infected pulp, or tooth crowns for damaged tooth structure. Your dentist may also recommend dental bonding, dental veneers, or dental implants if a tooth extraction is necessary. Regular dental check-ups with your dentist can allow them to identify any issues early on.
What should I do if I have missing teeth?
Visiting a dentist is the first step toward addressing the issue and creating a plan for your missing teeth. The most common treatments for replacing missing teeth include dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Each of these options offers its advantages. Discuss with your dentist what option is best for you before deciding. Your oral health, budget, and preferences determine the dentist’s action plan. Replacing missing teeth can improve oral function, appearance, and overall quality of life.
Request a Consultation
Are you putting off dental treatment? Have you noticed new oral health problems? Call our office for care at 410.324.2294. Schedule an appointment with our dentists on our dental website. Feel free to let our staff know if you have any other questions about your oral health care. They will be happy to help.