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How Does a Periodontist Differ from a Dentist?
A periodontist is a gum disease specialist who received extended training in the soft tissue and bone that supports teeth after graduating from dental school. Besides diagnosing and treating gum diseases, periodontists perform cosmetic gum procedures and place implants. Periodontists typically focus on treating gum disease and other related procedures instead of practicing general dentistry. To schedule an appointment with our periodontist in Kennesaw, call our periodontics office.
What Are Common Periodontal Services?
Periodontal Disease Treatment – Generally, periodontists use a nonsurgical treatment, such as scaling and root planing to determine if the gum disease will begin healing. If not, our gum disease expert may suggest a pocket reduction procedure or another type of minor surgery to halt the disease’s progression. Advanced gum disease isn’t curable, but you can stop it from progressing. Untreated periodontal disease eats away at the ligaments that hold your teeth, causing them to loosen and eventually fall out. Call our office to schedule a consultation if you need gum disease treatment. Our periodontist will do his or her best to save your teeth.
Dental Implant Placement
A periodontist is more than a gum disease specialist, he or she also performs cosmetic procedures, such as placing implants. Implants act as a root for an artificial tooth, bridge, or denture. An implant is as strong as a natural root because the jawbone grows around the implant. If you are missing teeth, our periodontist can explain how an implant is a long-term solution for one or more missing teeth.
This procedure helps patients who feel that their teeth appear too short. Most patients have normal length teeth, except excess gum tissue covers the top of the teeth, making them appear short. Our periodontist in Kennesaw can remove excess gum tissue and reshape your gum line to allow your pearly whites to shine. Your dentist may also suggest this procedure if you need a traditional bridge or crown on a tooth that needs more of the crown exposed to ensure a secure fit.
Gummy Smile Surgery
If your teeth appear too short, you may have too much gum tissue covering your teeth. This can lead to self-confidence issues if you feel that too much of your gums show whenever you smile. Periodontists can remove excess gum tissue to give you a natural-looking smile with an even gum line. The surgery is not as bad as it sounds. Usually, you can return to your normal activities the following day.
Soft Tissue Graft / Gum Graft
Gum grafting surgery covers exposed tooth roots with tissue sourced from the roof of your mouth. You’ll have a beautiful new smile and the roots are protected from decay now that they are not exposed. Additionally, you will notice a reduction in tooth sensitivity once your roots have gum tissue protecting them.
Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis
Anyone can develop oral cancer. Major risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and the HPV virus. Although, about 25 percent of the people who contract oral cancer don’t have any risk factors. If you notice red or whitish patches, a stubborn sore that won’t heal or swallowing is difficult, call our office for an oral cancer screening. We will send any unusual tissue off for a biopsy. If the lab finds cancerous cells, our periodontist will go over your treatment options with you
Where Can I Get a Consultation for Periodontics in Kennesaw?
Call Dental One Associates of Kennesaw at (404) 381-1480. We would be happy to schedule a consultation with our gum disease expert. We welcome new patients who are interested in one or more of the services that we offer. During your consultation, our periodontist will answer your questions and explain how he or she can help you gain the attractive, healthy smile that you deserve. Call today to book your consultation.