This patient has a dentition that has suffered a variety of dental diseases and mechanical breakdown. Her desire is to convert her dentition to one of health, function, minimal future dental disease and attractiveness.
Through periodontal therapy, orthodontic therapy, and restorative dentistry, the patient's dentition was restored to health, function and beauty.
Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose favors using the least invasive treatment options to treat gum disease wherever possible. In the early stages of periodontal disease, and even in some more advanced cases, we can often treat patients with non-surgical periodontal therapy.
Many people assume that gum disease is only for the elderly. However, the American Academy of Periodontology has found that almost half of all adults suffer from gum disease—a staggering 47%. In addition to being a painful condition, periodontal disease, or gum disease, can also make your smile less attractive.
Symptoms of gum disease include the following:
If think you might have gum disease but have putting off treatment because you're worried about pain or how it might affect your appearance, we provide several non-surgical treatments for gum disease at various stages of development.
Professional Cleaning: Everyone needs regular cleanings, but for people with periodontal disease, a little professional polishing can go a long way. By loosening plaque and tartar build up with an ultrasonic device and then scrubbing your dental surfaces, Dr. Rose can dramatically improve the health of your mouth.
Antibiotics: Sometimes, gum disease can be treated from the inside out. Antibiotics are used to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease—calming your gums and protecting your dental structures. If you have deep pockets of infection, Dr. Rose might even place antibiotic fibers to give the area a little extra dose of medicine.
Scaling and root planing: Brushing and flossing isn't always enough to remove plaque and tartar deposits below the gumline. Dr. Rose can use an instrument to gently scrape away accumulations. In addition to removing oral bacteria and unsightly plaque, this procedure can also dramatically improve the look of your teeth. This treatment can often help the gums to have a smooth, clean surface to reattach to the teeth and even regenerate tissue.
Orthodontic Treatments: In some cases, straightening your teeth can help prevent gum disease and even restore receded gumlines. We offer many options for straightening your teeth besides the traditional wire braces. We commonly treat adults with misaligned teeth, both for cosmetic and dental health reasons.
LANAP: Laser gum treatment is an advance therapy for serious cases gum disease. It targets the infection without damaging healthy tissue and without the need for scalpels or stitches. Using LANAP, Dr. Rose can treat your entire mouth two sessions. Healing time is brief and there is much less pain than surgical methods.
In 1982, this patient, a 42-year- old female, was seen because she had receded gum over her left Cuspid (Canine, Eye) tooth. Its appearance distressed her greatly.
She could not have surgical therapy to reconstruct and correct the area. She had a bleeding problem that prevented this option from being employed.
She traveled to other cities to consult with experts about her treatment options. Ultimately, she was treated at Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington.
Orthodontic therapy was performed, by one of Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington's periodontists, to provide the solution for the patient's problem.
Through non-surgical, orthodontic treatment, the area's bone and gum were remodeled to eliminate the unsightly esthetic defect.
If you are worried about the health of your teeth and gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rose today. Keep in mind that while some gum disease patients find relief with non-surgical treatments, more aggressive therapies are required for people who suffer from the advanced stages of gum disease. Click here to find out more about surgical solutions for periodontal disease.