Periodontist Potomac MD

Periodontist Dr. Karl A. RoseGum disease impacts millions of people yearly, however many people ignore early symptoms until they become a serious problem. Periodontal disease is not something that should be ignored as it can lead to serious infection casing tooth loss and bone loss. Without early treatment, patients will end up with invasive dental procedures. Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose is an expert in periodontal disease and provides effective treatments for gum disease and tooth loss.

Many people do not realize they have gum disease until they notice mild bleeding when brushing or flossing. Gum disease often does not show symptoms in its early stages, but it can be reversed if caught early enough. Daily brushing helps to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth that does lead to infections. As bacteria multiplies in the mouth, they start to cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. The root of the tooth becomes exposed, which makes eating and drinking painful. The root of the tooth is not smooth like the surface area, which makes it easier for the root to become vulnerable to cavities. Once bacteria moved below the gum line, only professional treatment will be able to clean the infection.

How do you know when it is time to involve a periodontist? Advanced gum disease requires someone with the right training to provide you with the best and most effective treatments. Dr. Rose never provides a treatment he feels is unnecessary. Each patient’s oral health needs are taken into consideration before we create a unique patient treatment plan designed to treat and prevent additional periodontal issues. Here are some common symptoms that indicate you need to see a periodontist:
  • Red, swollen, bleeding gums. These are the first signs of an infection and indicate that you need to see a periodontist as your gums are under attack from bacteria. 
  • Bad breath. If you have chronic bad breath, there is a good chance you are dealing with periodontal disease that needs advanced treatment. 
  • Receding gums. When the gums begin to recede, it indicates a gum disease problem. 
  • Shifting teeth. If the teeth start becoming loose, or they start shifting place, it is an indication of periodontitis. Only treatment with a trained periodontist will be able to determine the best course of action. 
  • Pain while eating. If you start having pain when chewing, it indicates infection around the tooth root.

Gum disease is not something you should leave untreated. Teeth are subject to additional problems due to hormonal changes, therefore many women will battle gingivitis during pregnancy. It is important to consult with your dental provider during pregnancy to receive proper care and prevent oral disease before it become worse. Receiving proper gum disease treatment is the only way to stop gum disease before it does lead to serious issues that could cause the need for extractions and dental implants.

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If you do have missing teeth, one of the best ways to restore your smile is through dental implants. Dr. Rose specializes in dental implants and will be able to determine the best type of implant for your oral health. Dental implants use a metal anchor surgically installed in the jawbone, making it strong enough to support a replacement tooth. Patients with dental implants see a 98% success rate and implants have been known as one of the preferred treatments for patients with missing teeth.

For more information about gum disease treatment and dental implants, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.


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5454 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 620
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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