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Healthy gums are an essential part of having healthy teeth. Unhealthy gums can negatively impact your teeth, your smile, and your oral health.
Gum disease is a common problem in the United States. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease begins as gingivitis. The signs of gingivitis include red and swollen gums that bleed whenever you brush or floss. Gingivitis is fairly easy to treat. However, if you delay treatment the condition can become worse. In more advanced stages, the gums begin to recede from the teeth, the teeth become loose and bone damage to the jawbone occurs. In fact, periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults.
A periodontist is a dentist who has had extra training in treating an array of gum diseases and other problems. They can also put in dental implants and perform a variety of cosmetic techniques to your gums. If you are one of the many Americans over the age of 30 that experiences chronic gum disease, then you should contact a gum disease expert at Dental One Associates of Marietta. We are a proud provider of high-quality periodontics in Marietta.
What Is the Function of a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a gum disease specialist. In fact, the word periodontics comes from two Greek words that mean “around” and “tooth.” A skilled periodontist can diagnose and treat a number of different gum issues.
We provide some of the following periodontal services at our periodontics office:
Periodontal disease treatment
Are you wondering what causes periodontal disease? The main cause of gum disease is plaque. Plaque builds up on the teeth after eating or drinking. The bacteria that resides with plaque then attacks the enamel of the teeth, causing issues like cavities and gum disease. Brushing and flossing frequently can keep plaque from building up. A gum disease specialist can treat mild to advanced cases of periodontal disease.
Dental implant placement
A periodontist in Marietta can also place dental implants. Implants are natural in appearance and last a long time. They are placed inside of the jawbone and act in the same way that a tooth’s roots do. Dental implants provide a solid foundation for dental appliances like crowns, dentures, or bridges.
This is a procedure that is performed on patients who need to have more of the tooth exposed in order to install crowns, braces, or partial dentures. In other instances the procedure is done for cosmetic purposes. During this procedure, the periodontist will remove some of the gum tissue that surrounds your tooth so that more of the crown shows.
Gummy smile surgery
Some people are born with excess gum tissue surrounding their teeth. While this is a perfectly natural occurrence, it can cause the teeth to look shorter. One of our skilled periodontists can perform a procedure that removes the extra gum tissue and shapes it in a way that is more pleasing in appearance.
Soft tissue graft/gum graft
Gum disease often causes the gum line to recede. In advanced cases of periodontal disease the gums receding can cause the roots of the teeth to become exposed. When this happens, your periodontist will recommend that you have a gum grafting procedure done. During this procedure, your periodontist will take gum tissue from one area of your mouth and graft it over the recessed area.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
A gum disease expert can also perform an oral cancer screening. This screening consists of the dentist taking a tissue sample and sending it to a lab. Once the sample has been tested, a diagnosis will then be given and a treatment plan developed.
If dental procedures make you nervous, you will be pleased to learn that we are able to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and other sedation methods. This will ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment.
Pick Up the Phone to Book Your Appointment with a Periodontist in Marietta Today
If you are having issues with your gums, contact our periodontists at Dental One Associates of Marietta right away. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about periodontics. Let us help you achieve the smile of your dreams.