Advanced Treatment for Gum Disease in Towson, MD
If you have persistent bad breath, gums that bleed frequently, or you are noticing your gums are receding, schedule an appointment with Dr. Keith Schmidt or Dr. Jay Shires. Both of our doctors have extensive experience with treating gum disease in Towson, MD, and offer a variety of periodontal therapies to restore the health of your gums. We can effectively treat the infection and it symptoms using specialized techniques.
If you have been treated for gum disease, it is important to maintain an infection free mouth to avoid recurrence of active infection. To accomplish this, we may set you up on a periodontal maintenance plan. This plan includes thorough periodontal maintenance cleanings and evaluations every three to four months to ensure the teeth and gums stay healthy after periodontal therapy. The bacteria that cause periodontal disease grow very quickly, so we need to maintain your gum tissues on a more frequent basis.
This is a non-surgical treatment that has helped many patients enjoy better oral health after being diagnosed with gum disease. This treatment can reduce periodontal pocket depths and return the gum tissue to a healthier state. It is performed under local anesthesia and involves using special instruments to remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line. We smooth out the surfaces of the teeth to help the gums reattach to the tooth structure.
We can remove and reshape loose gum tissue and reduce pocket depths with a gingivectomy. This procedure may be necessary when the gums have not responded well to scaling and root planing or other periodontal treatments. Diseased gum tissue is removed and you will notice that you no longer have bad breath as the gums heal.
This procedure is performed on patients with moderate or advanced gum disease. The procedure can be very effective for decreasing pocket depths and restoring gum health, and also allows for more comfortable in-office teeth cleaning treatments. It is performed under local anesthesia. We smooth out the surfaces of the bone and roots and in some cases, perform a bone graft to restore proper support for the teeth.