Periodontal Disease Treatment Towson, MD

Gum disease is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup on and between the teeth. An overabundance of bacteria can lead to gum irritation. As gum disease or periodontitis progresses, the gums can recede and compromise the stability of teeth. In severe cases of periodontitis, patients can even lose their teeth. Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier are dentists in Towson, MD that offer treatment for periodontal disease.

Gum Disease in Towson, Maryland

Risk Factors of Gum Disease

There are multiple factors that may make some patients more prone to developing gum disease than others:

  • Poor oral hygiene: Daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings and exams, help remove plaque and bacteria that cause gum disease. Patients are more likely to develop gum disease if they skip brushing or do not visit the dentist regularly. Common early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums and irritation.
  • Misaligned teeth: It is more difficult to clean between crooked and misaligned teeth. Plaque can build up in hard-to-reach areas and lead to periodontitis.
  • Smoking and tobacco products: Smoking slows the amount of oxygen in the blood, which also slows nutrients from being delivered to the gums. Using tobacco products or smoking prevents your body from effectively fighting off potential gum infections.
  • Dry mouth: When the mouth does not produce enough saliva, it becomes a breeding ground for bacterial growth. Certain medications or medical conditions may cause dry mouth.

Gum Disease Treatments

We may recommend one or more of these treatments to treat mild to severe forms of periodontitis:

  • Scaling and root planing: Scaling cleans beneath the gums for a deep clean. The goal is to remove all the plaque and tartar that has built up. These substances harbor bacteria that cause infections. Root planing smooths down the root portion of the teeth. This part of the procedure will help the gums reattach to teeth.
  • Pocket reduction and osseous surgery: If your periodontal pockets are too deep to clean with scaling and root planing, we recommend a pocket reduction. This gum disease treatment will help ensure that your gums are thoroughly cleaned. Osseous surgery is often performed in tandem with pocket reduction surgery. This type of surgery helps to smooth down the jawbone so the gums can easily reattach.
  • Gum and bone grafting: To create a healthy and fuller gum line, we recommend gum grafting. This is necessary to protect the teeth roots. Leaving them exposed allows bacteria to penetrate the roots which can cause tooth loss. Severe gum disease can cause the jaw bone to deteriorate. Bone grafting is sometimes necessary to restore bone mass missing in the mouth and helps restore strength to the jaw. We may suggest this procedure for dental implant patients who need more bone density to support the implant fixtures.

Book your Appointment for Gum Disease Treatment in Towson, MD

If you are looking for gum disease treatment in Towson, Maryland, call Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier at 410.324.2294. Request an appointment with our dentists on our website. We look forward to helping you restore your smile.