Three methods of treating gingivitis and periodontitis to restore the smile’s health
- Posted on: May 15 2020
Without proper dental care, patients are putting themselves at risk of a wide range of dental problems, including dental caries (cavities) and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has many stages. Without proper diagnosis and early intervention, this condition can permanent impact the bone, gums, and teeth within the smile. Dr. Ari Moskowitz is a board-certified periodontist who is committed to ensuring patients get the care they need to improve their smile’s health, including treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
At Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants, patients of the Catonsville, MD area can obtain a proper diagnosis of their condition. Many patients who have the following signs of periodontal disease will want to book an evaluation with our dentist:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Soft tissue sensitivity
- Gum tissue recession
- Untreatable bad breath
- Pain and sensitivity of the gums
- Loose or lost teeth
- Bone resorption
If you are experiencing any of these concerns, it may be time to schedule a visit with a dentist to get a proper diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.
How are gingivitis and periodontitis treated?
Dr. Ari Moskowitz offers several methods of treatment for patients who are faced with periodontal disease. Below are a few recommendations that may be made:
- Antibiotics – antibiotics are used to treat bacteria in the body, and can also be used in the smile when infection occurs. Antibiotics may be directly applied to the gums to treat infection, or may be prescribed to patients as an oral medication to treat the infection from the inside out.
- Deep cleaning – earlier stages of periodontal disease, such as gingivitis, may be easily treated with a deep, thorough cleaning at our dental practice. This is similar to the cleaning provided at routine dental visits.
- Scaling and root planing – for more extensive cases of periodontal disease, scaling and root planing might be performed. This is a more thorough cleaning of the teeth, including the roots and gums, that can help in restoring the health of the smile after a diagnosis of the later stages of periodontal disease.
Call Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants today
Dr. Ari Moskowitz is a board-certified periodontist who cares directly for patients who have been diagnosed with all stages of periodontal disease. If you live in or near the area of Catonsville, MD and want to speak to our team of professionals about treatment options, call (410) 744-6088 today. Our facility, located at 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Ste #200B.
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