Did you know that over half of Americans 30 and over suffer from chronic gum disease? Also called periodontal disease, gum disease starts out as gingivitis. This mild form of gum disease is characterized by symptoms such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums.
If treated in its earliest stages, gingivitis can be reversed. However, allowing gingivitis to advance into serious periodontal disease can cause permanent damage to your gums, teeth, and jawbone. This can lead to tooth loss, structural issues within your mouth and other serious problems.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, it is important you see a gum disease expert. This expert is also known as a periodontist. A periodontist is a dentist who has received an additional three years of training in gum disease management, cosmetic techniques and dental implant techniques.
To schedule a consultation with a periodontist in Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Georgia. We look forward to hearing from you.
What Kind of Services Does a Periodontist in Atlanta Provide?
In Greek, the word “perio” means “around” and the word “dontic” means “tooth.” Combined, these two words make up periodontics. Periodontists are experts in diagnosing and treating issues with gum tissue.
Our periodontics office provides the following periodontal services:
Periodontal disease treatment
Did you know that gum disease starts due to the bacteria that are found in plaque? Plaque is a sticky substance that collects on the surface of the teeth after you eat or drink. It is usually removed by brushing and flossing. However, if you allow plaque to build up, the bacteria will cause cavities to form. Eventually, the bacteria will move into the gum tissue, causing your teeth to become loose. Severe cases can cause bone damage in the jawbone.
Dental implant placement
If you are in need of a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist may recommend that you receive dental implants. A dental implant is a natural-looking replacement for a tooth. It is embedded into the jawbone and acts in the same way as the tooth’s roots do. Dental implants help to preserve your jawbone, while also keeping the surrounding teeth safe and secure.
Another service that a gum disease expert offers is a procedure that lengthens the crown of the tooth. The crown of the tooth is the area that is covered by your gums. The procedure is done in order to reduce the amount of gum tissue surrounding the tooth. It can be done for cosmetic or for medically necessary reasons. These medically necessary reasons include lengthening a tooth so a crown can be fitted tightly over the tooth, making room for brackets for braces or making space so partial dentures can be fitted properly.
Gummy smile surgery
Everyone’s smile is different. Some people have larger areas of gum tissue surrounding their teeth, which often makes it look as if their teeth are shorter than they should be. If you have this problem, a gum disease specialist can remove the excess gums and shape the gum tissue surrounding your gums in a way that will make your smile more aesthetically pleasing.
Soft tissue graft/gum graft
In cases of severe periodontal disease the gum tissue recedes and exposes the tooth’s root. If you suffer from this problem, your periodontist will perform a gum grafting procedure that will replace the missing tissue, reduce further recession, and reduce your risk for decay or future bone loss.
Oral pathology and oral cancer diagnosis
Periodontists are also able to screen for oral cancer. The HPV virus causes many types of oral cancer. Smoking is another cause of oral cancer. If testing reveals that you have cancer, our compassionate team will discuss the best treatment methods for you.
If you’re worried about feeling pain during your procedure, don’t worry. Our periodontists are able to utilize nitrous oxide (laughing gas). We are also able to use other methods of sedation that will ensure your comfort throughout your procedure.
Schedule Your Appointment with a Gum Disease Specialist Today
If you’ve been searching far and wide for high-quality periodontics in Atlanta, your search is over. Call Dental One Associates of Georgia at to book your consultation.