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Treating Gum Disease in Maryland

Friday, November 14th, 2014

gum diseaseWe’ve recently covered some of the potential causes of gum disease. Whether your gum disease has resulted from poor brushing, medication, hormonal changes, or as a side effect of another illness, one thing’s for sure: It’s painful. If you have gum disease you’ll want to consult your Maryland dentist quickly on possible treatment options for this common condition. Affinity Dental, your Maryland family dentist, is here with some of the possible treatments for advanced gum disease.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Plaque is a hard substance that builds up on tooth surfaces, forming a hardened layer of bacteria laden gunk. Often the first procedure used to address gum disease is a thorough dental cleaning, wherein your Maryland dentist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing

If general plaque cleaning isn’t enough, but your gum disease does not yet warrant surgical intervention, your Maryland dentist may recommend scaling and root planting. During this procedure your dentist will, after anesthetizing you, clean plaque and tartar from your tooth roots, as well as from your visible gum line, and anywhere that tartar has caused your gum line to deteriorate.

Pocket Reduction

The most common surgical procedure that a Maryland dentist will perform on patients suffering from advanced forms of gum disease, pocket reduction, also called flap surgery, involves your dentist making an incision in your gums and peeling back a flap to remove subsurface tartar and plaque. Your dentist will also smooth damaged tooth structure and more tightly sew your gums back in place, reducing the space that bacteria can grow in.

Do You Need Gum Disease Treatment in Maryland?

Contact Affinity Dental! Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and personable physicians have the technology and skill necessary to treat your gum disease quickly, effectively, and painlessly. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service, keeping mouths gum disease-free and smiles gleaming white. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

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