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If you want a truly healthy mouth, then you need healthy gums in addition to healthy teeth. According to the CDC, as many as 50 percent of adults who are 30 years old or older have chronic gum disease.
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease starts as gingivitis, with symptoms such as inflamed gums that may bleed during flossing or brushing, and redness or swelling. If you have any of these symptoms, you may have the early stages of periodontal disease. Although it’s completely treatable and the deleterious effects can be reversed, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Call Northpoint Dental to schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert who can help you save your gums and your teeth.
The word periodontic originates from two Greek words: “perio” which means around and “dontic” which means tooth. Consequently, a periodontist treats issues of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth. They’ve completed general dentistry training plus an additional two to three years of training in the specialty field of periodontic dentistry, including implants and cosmetic procedures such as gum contouring. Although our office provides many types of dental implant and cosmetic procedures to our patients, the following periodontal treatments are the ones most commonly provided by our North Point office:
Plaque is a sticky substance that accumulates on the teeth after eating and drinking. It’s filled with bacteria and if not removed by flossing and brushing, it can begin to erode the tooth enamel and cause decay and cavities. It can also attack the gum tissue and break down the ligaments that secure the teeth, as well as erode the jawbone. READ MORE
Implants are popular replacements for missing teeth because they look like natural teeth and they require no special maintenance. Your gum disease specialist will surgically implant a metal post into your jawbone, and when the incision has healed, the denture will be attached. Implants are also used to secure dental appliances, such as a bridge or crown, and most importantly, they can prevent the wrinkling that can occur around the mouth when you have missing teeth. READ MORE
The area of the tooth that’s visible above the gum line is called the tooth crown, and sometimes it can be rather short. If you have short crowns and would like to have them lengthened, call our North Point office and a gum disease specialist can help you. Crowns are also lengthened to accommodate a bridge or a bracket for braces, so if you need longer crowns, we can help you.
Sometimes, people have a high gum line that makes their smile less aesthetically pleasing than they’d like. If you would like to have less gum tissue and a more flattering smile, then call our North Point office and we can help you. A periodontist in North Point can trim the excess tissue and provide a more even gum line.
If your receding gums have exposed the roots of your tooth, you may be in pain. A gum disease expert from our dental office can perform a tissue graft over the area so that comfort and protection will be restored. This can help prevent additional bone loss and decay, so call us today if you need periodontics in North Point.
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is now the leading cause of oral cancer, surpassing smoking as the leader. If you think you have oral cancer, it can be scary. A periodontist in North Point will take tissue samples and send them to the lab for analysis, and when they return, we’ll help you determine the best course of action. Don’t delay seeking periodontal treatment if you think you have oral cancer. We’ll help you get through this difficult period, so call our periodontics office today.
No matter the treatment you have at our North Point office, we’ll do our best to make sure you’re comfortable and free of pain. We have several sedation options available to you, including nitrous oxide, and your periodontist will discuss them with you.
Call us at (678) 274-6985 and we’ll schedule your initial consultation with a periodontist in North Point. Your gums are vital to your appearance because they’re the framework for your teeth, so keeping healthy gums will help maintain your good overall oral health. Call us today and let us help you regain and maintain your good oral health. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you.