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For Various gum treatments to give you a HEALTHIER, broader, more symmetrical smile, visit Odenton's #1 Doctor for All your Dental Needs

A more healthy, whiter, beautiful smile will not only make you more attractive, it will also boost your self-confidence, make you happier, and literally add a few years to your life. Dr. Arielle Forbes combines the latest technology with a thorough understanding of dental anatomy to give you the warm, engaging smile you’ve always wanted. If you’d like to change the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile, connect with us today to discuss a variety of options. Your desired smile is just a phone call away.
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Arielle Forbes, DMD

A Recognized Leader in Cosmetic and General Dentistry.
Dr. Arielle Forbes is considered by both peers and patients as a true dental expert. She offers a range of cosmetic gum treatments including Crown Lengthening, Gingivectomy, Frenectomy, Scaling and Root Planing, and Receding Gums, medically known as gingival recession. 

Dr. Forbes uses a state-of-the-art surgical microscope along with specially developed techniques to achieve amazing esthetic results. This practice offers these cosmetic procedures, as well as other advanced treatments, at our Odenton office to help our patients improve their smile and oral health.
We don’t think you’ll find a more convenient, precise, comfortable, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing dental solution anywhere else in the Odenton area.
Crown Lengthening Procedure
If you feel your teeth are a little shorter than they should be, then Crown Lengthening will give you a broader, more symmetrical smile. 

Crown lengthening is typically performed to improve the health of the gum tissue or prepare your mouth for certain restorative procedures – for example, if not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum line to support a filling or crown. You may also consider crown lengthening if your smile can be described as “gummy,” where the teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. 

Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure performed by Dr. Forbes who will extend the height or size of the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. The doctor will typically use a local anesthesia and then gradually reshape or remove the excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of the natural tooth. 

In most cases, after the surgery, the area will be completely healed and back to normal within 2-3 months. You will, however, notice the results immediately in a wider, more symmetrical smile. 

Dr. Forbes can perform crown lengthening on a single tooth, for a more even gum line, or to several teeth to reveal a broader smile or prepare you for further dental work.
A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure designed to excise or to remove excess gum tissue. A gingivectomy is usually performed to improve esthetics or allow for better access for self-care by reducing the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums. Swollen or enlarged gingival tissue may be caused by poor oral hygiene, local irritations, systemic issues, or by many common prescription drugs.

How is a gingivectomy performed?

Before the procedure begins, the area will be completely numb using a local anesthetic. Small incisions are then made and excess gum tissue is carefully removed. After all areas of diseased tissue are removed, the sutures are placed and a bandage is placed over the gums. The bandage is designed to protect the gums as they heal.

A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes or loosens a band of tissue (frenum) that is connected to the lip, cheek or floor of the mouth. The frenum is a part of the normal oral anatomy but a large or wide frenum may inhibit normal function. When a frenum is too large or wide it can restrict the movement of the lip, cheek or tongue or may impinge on the gingiva (gums) and causes recession.

A thick frenum on the floor of the mouth may restrict the movement of the tongue, preventing speech or chewing function. A frenectomy may be indicated on children, depending on the extent of the restriction. Difficulty in speech may be an early indication of the problem.

A thick labial frenum is a band of muscles from the lip that may attach to the gingiva, contributing to a space between the teeth. This is often seen between the top or bottom front teeth. A frenectomy may be recommended to help stabilize the position of the teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing
If caught early and treated, periodontal disease and its effects can be drastically decreased with proper gum disease treatment and continued maintenance. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss.

Gingivitis can be one of the first signs of infection and gum disease. The build-up of bacteria that is causing the inflammation of your gums is plaque. If the plaque is not brushed away properly it hardens into tartar and calculus, which we cannot remove on our own. The bacteria in the hardened plaque eats away at the connective tissue between your teeth and gums creating “pockets”. 

At this stage the effects of periodontal disease are still reversible. In some patients, their gum disease is diagnosed early enough to where they can avoid needing gum surgery. Instead their gum disease can be treated with a special deep dental cleaning called scaling and root planing.

Scaling and root planing or a “deep cleaning” is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that removes accessible calculus (tartar), bacterial toxins, and etiological agents that cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. The goal of scaling and root planing is to eliminate disease and return the supporting structures of the teeth to a healthy state that can be maintained by home care and professional maintenance appointments at our office.
Correct Receding Gums with The Pinhole Surgical Technique™
Receding gums, medically known as gingival recession, is a common problem, especially among adults over the age of 65. Receding gums can occur so gradually that many people might not be aware that they have gingival recession until they start to feel the negative effects of the condition.

Currently, the most common way that gingival recession is treated is through soft-tissue grafting. While this is the traditional method, many patients avoid the treatment because soft-tissue grafting can be painful and a relatively lengthy process if multiple teeth are affected. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is an alternative treatment to receding gums that is faster, not nearly as painful, and shows great promise as a long-term solution to dealing with receding gums.

Dr. Forbes is trained and certified to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This procedure is performed by making small holes with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. 


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