Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose offers gum disease treatment to all of our patients in the Washington DC area! Our mission statement is to not only provide the highest level of dental surgeries, but to educate patients so that they can sustain the work we've done. If you’re looking for additional information regarding the treatment of gum disease, you can contact us with your questions. You can make an appointment online with us should you need gum disease treatment.
Dr. Rose is a periodontist that has been expertly trained in treating gum disease. Periodontists typically take an additional three years of training to be able to offer non-surgical and surgical treatment options for gum disease. Here are some of the different treatment options Dr. Rose has made available to handle gum disease:
The least invasive route, non-surgical treatment options are available to treat gum disease. The first option is scaling and root planing which is a careful cleaning of the teeth resulting in the removal of tartar and plaque from any periodontal pockets. Another route is tray delivery systems which can be used at home. These trays deliver medications designed to prevent tooth decay and treat gum disease.
Gum grafting treatment options are meant to handle gum recession and prevent bone loss. Typically, some skin or gums are grafted over where the problem areas are in order to promote regeneration and limit the recession that is taking place. This is accomplished by covering the exposed roots and pockets.
Often considered the future of gum disease treatment, laser dentistry is typically combined with a scaling and root planing. Studies have shown that the user of lasers during the procedure increases its effectiveness. There tends to be less discomfort, swelling, and bleeding when laser treatment is used in conjunction with non-surgical treatments.
Exactly as it sounds, regenerative procedures are meant to reverse any damage caused by gum disease. This process regenerates lost tissue and bone that support your teeth. In this procedure, the gum tissue is folded back and any bacteria are removed from the area. From there, tissue-stimulating proteins are introduced to encourage your own natural bone and tissue regeneration. This, along with good oral hygiene and professional care, will increase your chances of keeping your own natural teeth.
Is your gum tissue covering too much of your teeth? With the crown lengthening procedure, the excess bone tissue and gum can be reshaped to expose more of your natural teeth. This is typically a restorative procedure, but it can be for cosmetic purposes.
Dental implants are by far the way to go if you’re in need of an artificial tooth. A dental implant acts an artificial tooth and it is placed into your jaw. To be a good candidate for dental implants, you should ideally have good health and enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth.
Pocket reduction procedure is meant to fix the pockets that are caused by gum disease. The supporting tissue and bone around your teeth are destroyed by gum disease and overtime that results in the loosening and falling out of your teeth—this is because the pockets that are created in your gum fill up with bacteria which rot away at your teeth. This reduction process folds the gums and closes up the pockets in the process.
Lastly, this option is purely cosmetic. If you’re looking to alter your smile, you can do so through a cosmetic gum surgery procedure. Plastic surgery can help with gummy smiles or uneven gum lines, long teeth or exposed roots, and indentations in the jawbone or gums.
Dr. Rose and the team at Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington highly recommend the use of LANAP, or laser gum surgery, over traditional gum surgery. Laser gum surgery has proven to be safe, effective, and offer a quick recovery time. We offer the very best in laser gum surgery. Please contact us now to schedule an appointment!