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Having good oral health involves having healthy gums as well as healthy teeth. If your gums are causing you problems, then you might need to make an appointment with a periodontist at Imagix Dental of Alpharetta. According to statistics reported by the CDC, or the Centers for Disease Control, about 50 percent of adults who are over 30 have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis, and the symptoms are swollen or inflamed gums, red gums or gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Gingivitis is completely preventable and completely curable in its early stages, yet thousands of people each year lose one or more of their teeth to gingivitis. As gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease, the gums recede from the teeth, the ligaments that secure the teeth start to deteriorate, and the jawbone starts to erode. The result is irreversible tooth loss. If you have any of these symptoms, you may need periodontics in Alpharetta, so be sure to contact a gum disease specialist without delay.
Is a Periodontist the Same As a Dentist?
A periodontist is a dentist who has completed general dentistry training but also has a minimum of two additional years of study in the specialty fields of gum disease management, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. A periodontist deals with issues that involve the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Although we perform cosmetic procedures such as lip contouring, we also provide many other procedures to our patients. The following are the procedures most commonly requested in our Alpharetta office:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
After you eat or drink, a sticky substance called plaque forms on your teeth unless it’s removed by brushing and flossing. Plaque is rife with bacteria, and the longer it remains on your teeth, the more damage it can do. Plaque not only erodes the enamel on your teeth, it attacks your gums, the ligaments that secure your teeth, and your jawbone. Plaque is a major contributor to periodontal disease and tooth loss, so good oral hygiene is a necessity if you want to retain your teeth.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants have become increasingly popular because they require no additional maintenance other than the type you use on your natural teeth, and they look like your natural teeth. Implants are now used to secure dental appliances such as crowns and bridges, and they’re permanently installed. The gum disease expert at our office will install a metal post into your jawbone and this will function like the root of the tooth. The crown or bridge is then permanently affixed to the implant. One of the biggest advantages to implants is that they keep your teeth and jaw in proper alignment, so you don’t have to worry about developing premature wrinkles around your mouth. This happens sometimes when you have teeth missing.
The part of the tooth that’s visible above your gums is called the tooth crown. Some people have short crowns and want them to be lengthened for aesthetic reasons. Mostly because longer crowns can provide a more attractive smile. Sometimes, a crown will need to be lengthened so that a dental appliance, such as a bridge or brackets for braces, can be installed. A periodontist in our Alpharetta office can lengthen your crowns if you need the procedure done, so call us today.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Some people have a very high gum line and feel that this makes their teeth appear short and stubby. If you’re not happy with your smile, you’ll smile less, and statistics prove that smiling is good for you. Gum contouring can provide you with the smile you want and an even gum line, so call us today if you’re interested in gum contouring.
Soft Tissue Graft / Gum Grafting
If your gums have receded from your teeth, your roots can be exposed and that can be painful. It can also subject your gums to decay and bone deterioration. A gum graft can cover the exposed area and provide protection for your gums and teeth. Call our Alpharetta office today if you have more questions or want to schedule a consultation.
Oral Pathology And Oral Cancer Diagnosis
The incidence of HPV, or human papillomavirus, has seen a dramatic increase over the past several years. It has now, unfortunately, overtaken smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer. If you have HPV or if you think you have oral cancer, we know how scary it can be. Make an appointment with a gum disease expert in our Alpharetta office and we’ll take tissue samples and send them to our lab for analysis. When they come back, we’ll advise you of the results, whether negative or positive. We’ll work with you to establish a treatment protocol that works with your schedule and your lifestyle, so you don’t have to go through this alone. Call us today for a consultation with a periodontist in Alpharetta.
Regardless of the treatment that you need from Imagix Dental of Alpharetta, we’ll do our best to ensure that you’re comfortable and as free of pain as possible. We have several types of sedation available, and your gum disease specialist will go over those with you during your appointment.
Can I Get a Consultation Today at a Periodontics Office in Alpharetta?
Whether you’re currently experiencing problems with your gums, you want to set up a schedule of preventive maintenance or you want cosmetic surgery, call a periodontist at Alpharetta and we’ll schedule an appointment. We strive to schedule our patients in a timely manner, but if you need urgent periodontal services, be sure to notify us when you call. We look forward to working with you, so call us today.