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If you want to maintain your oral health, it is imperative that you also have healthy gums.
Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that almost half of people over the age of 30 in the United States have chronic gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease starts off as gingivitis. If you experience red, swollen or bleeding gums, you may have gingivitis. Luckily, gingivitis can be treated and reversed if caught early. However, if you ignore the problem, you risk permanent damage to your teeth and jawbone. Periodontal disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, leading to bone damage, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
If you have gum disease, you will want to see a periodontist for treatment. A periodontist is a gum disease specialist who has completed specialized training in managing gum disease, surgically placing dental implants, and other cosmetic procedures.
Call our periodontics office today to book your first appointment with a gum disease expert. We are able and willing to answer any questions you may have about treatment and payment options.
What Does a Periodontist in Atlanta Do?
Periodontists are specialists in treating conditions that involve the gum tissue. In Greek, “perio” means “around” and “dontic” means “tooth.”
Our periodontists offer an array of periodontal services. These include:
Periodontal disease treatment
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that exists within plaque. Plaque is the substance that forms on the teeth after eating and drinking. If you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly, the bacteria will attack the tooth, causing cavities. This can eventually lead to tooth loss. A gum disease specialist can help you in treating your periodontal disease.
Dental implant placement
Dental implants are embedded within the jawbone to provide a sturdy foundation for dental appliances like crowns, bridges, or dentures. They are popular treatment options due to their longevity and natural appearance. Implants offer an array of benefits. These include keeping the teeth in place and preserving the jawbone.
Located above the gum line, the crown of the tooth sometimes needs to be lengthened. This procedure is performed in instances where a tooth needs to be lengthened in order to fit a crown. It is also utilized when more of the tooth needs to be exposed for partial dentures or brackets for braces. Lengthening procedures are also done for cosmetic purposes, such as evening out the gum line or getting rid of excess gum tissue.
Gummy smile surgery
Every person’s smile is unique. Some patients naturally have more gum tissue surrounding the teeth. This can cause the teeth to look shorter than many people would like. In this case, a periodontist can perform a gum contouring surgery. This surgery removes the excess gum tissue and creates a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Soft tissue graft/gum graft
Gum grafting is a commonly performed procedure in instances where a patient has receding gums that have exposed the root of a tooth. In this procedure, your periodontist will graft gum tissue to the exposed area, reducing the amount of gum recession that occurs and also preventing decay and bone loss.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
HPV infection and smoking are common causes of oral cancer. Our highly trained periodontists can perform cancer screenings and properly diagnose the type of cancer you may have. Once you have been diagnosed, you will receive a detailed treatment plan.
Our periodontist in Atlanta offers a variety of sedation methods to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your procedure. For more information on sedation methods, talk to your periodontist during your appointment.
Book Your Appointment with a Gum Disease Expert Today
If you’re looking to improve the health of your gums, contact Dental One Associates of Toco Hills at (404) 410-7841. Your search for high-quality periodontics in Atlanta is over.