Johns Creek Dental
4245 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite C, Suwanee, GA 30024
If you want to have good oral health, then you need to have healthy gums in addition to healthy teeth. Your gums are the framework for your teeth and if they’re neglected, your teeth can fall out and your mouth can become misshapen.
Many times, this is due to gingivitis that has developed into periodontal disease, and both could have been prevented. If the damage isn’t too severe, it can be corrected. Nothing, however, can replace lost teeth except dentures or implants.
According to the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control, almost half of adults who are over 30 have chronic gum disease. Also called periodontal disease, gum disease starts as gingivitis and you may notice that your gums are red, swollen or inflamed, and they bleed when you brush or floss. Don’t ignore this because these symptoms can indicate the early stages of gingivitis and will segue into periodontal disease if left untreated. The gums will start to recede from the teeth, the ligaments that secure the teeth will loosen, and the jawbone will begin to erode. The next step is for your teeth to fall out, so don’t ignore the early signs of gingivitis. Schedule a consultation with a gum disease specialist at Johns Creek Dental and we can help you save your teeth.
If you have any of the above symptoms or if you have more advanced periodontal disease, you need periodontics in a hurry. The word periodontic is from two Greek words, “perio” and “dontic,” which mean “around” and “tooth.” So, a periodontist treats issues involving the soft tissues around the teeth, which are the gums. A periodontist has completed a minimum of two years of specialty training in the field of periodontal dentistry, in addition to the general dentistry training required for licensure. Although we provide many other types of procedures, including implants and cosmetic dentistry, the following are the most frequently requested treatments in our Johns Creek office:
Plaque is a sticky substance that remains on your teeth after eating and drinking, and it’s full of bacteria. If not removed by brushing and flossing, plaque can attack your tooth enamel, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place, and your jawbone. It can cause decay and cavities to start forming, and ultimately result in the loss of your teeth.
Implants are becoming increasingly more common as both aesthetic devices and functional appliances. They’re used to replace missing teeth and maintain structural stability for your jaw and teeth. They’re also used to anchor bridges, crowns, and dentures. When they replace lost teeth, they also keep premature wrinkles from forming due to missing teeth.
The visible part of the tooth that extends above the gum is called the tooth crown. In some people, the crown can be rather short and lend a stubby appearance to the teeth. If you have short crowns, our gum disease specialist can lengthen them so that they’re more aesthetically pleasing, which can also provide a more even gum line. Sometimes, the crown needs to be longer to accommodate a dental appliance, such as a bridge or a bracket for braces. Our resident periodontist can perform this procedure and you’ll have the smile you want, so call us today to set up an appointment.
If your gums are too high on your teeth, our gum disease expert can trim the excess, which will provide you with longer crowns and a more flattering smile.
When your gums have receded from your teeth, the roots can be exposed and it can be painful. It can also subject your gums to additional bone loss and decay. A periodontist in Johns Creek can perform a tissue graft to replace the missing tissue and restore protection and comfort to the area.
If you have HPV, or even if you don’t, you may fear that you have oral cancer. If this is the case, call Johns Creek Dental today and we can help you. HPV has surpassed smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer, and it can be scary if you think you have it. A periodontist in our office will take tissue samples and send them to a lab for analysis. When we receive the results, whether positive or negative, we’ll contact you. We know oral cancer can be a scary diagnosis, but we’ll help you get through it, so call us today.
No matter the type of treatment you receive from our periodontics office, we’ll do our best to ensure your comfort. We have several types of sedation available, and your periodontist will discuss them with you during your consultation in our Johns Creek office.
Prevention is always better than remediation, so call our office to schedule a routine checkup if you aren’t having problems. If you’re having issues with your gums, call our office at (678) 274-6976 and we’ll make an appointment with a gum disease expert. We’ll help you regain your healthy gums and your beautiful smile, so call us today.