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When your gums are healthy, your teeth will be healthier, and you’ll have better oral and physical health. The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control, state that as many as 50 percent of adults in the U.S. who are at least 30 years old have chronic gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease begins as gingivitis, and if not treated, can develop into periodontal disease and cause you to lose your teeth.
If your gums are inflamed or they bleed when you brush or floss, then you may have gingivitis. Fortunately, when gingivitis is treated, it’s curable and its adverse effects can be reversed. It’s unfortunate that so many people will lose their natural teeth to a totally preventable disease. When gingivitis turns into periodontal disease, your gums will start to pull away from your teeth, the ligaments that secure your teeth to your jawbone will deteriorate, causing you to lose your teeth. Obtaining periodontal services from a gum disease expert can prevent this dental nightmare from happening to you, so call Imagix Dental of Suwanee today if you’re experiencing issues with your gums.
What Services Does a Periodontal Dentist Provide?
A periodontist has completed general dentistry training plus a minimum of two years of additional training in the specialty field of periodontic dentistry. The word periodontic comes from two Greek words which mean around the tooth, so a periodontist treats the soft tissues of the gums. They’re also proficient in cosmetic dentistry procedures, and they install dental implants. If you need periodontics in Suwanee, call us today.
Although we specialize in gum diseases and treatments, we also provide our patients with many other periodontal procedures, including cosmetic dentistry. The following are the most commonly performed services in our periodontics office:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Plaque is the primary factor in gum disease. After eating or drinking, a sticky, bacteria-filled substance forms on your teeth and contributes to the onset of cavities, decay, and erosion of the tooth enamel if not removed through brushing and flossing. The bacteria can also attack the ligaments that secure your teeth and the bone in your jaw.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implant placement is a very common procedure because implants are aesthetically pleasing and they require no special care, only the brushing and flossing that you provide for your natural teeth. Implants can also be used as a foundation for various dental appliances, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures. Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of implants is that they prevent the premature wrinkling that can occur around the mouth when there are teeth missing.
The visible part of your tooth is called its crown and sometimes, it can be rather short. If you need longer crowns, either for a more flattering smile or so that you can anchor dental appliances or braces, then a gum disease specialist in our Suwanee office can lengthen your crowns. If you have an uneven gum line, it will help with that also. Call us for more information on this procedure.
Gummy Smile Surgery
If you have excessive gum tissue and find it aesthetically unappealing, then we can help you. Your gum disease expert can trim away the excess tissue so that your gum line is even and you have longer crowns, which may make you happier with your smile.
Soft Tissue Graft / Gum Grafting
If your gums are pulling away from your teeth, the roots may be exposed and you may be in pain. Exposed roots also leave the gums vulnerable to decay and bone loss, but a periodontist in Suwanee can perform a tissue graft to cover the area and restore comfort and protection to the area. This will also reduce the risk of further damage.
Oral Pathology And Oral Cancer Diagnosis
As the incidence of HPV rises, so does the incidence of oral cancer. In fact, HPV, or the human papillomavirus, has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer among adults. If you have HPV or if you suspect you may have oral cancer, then schedule an appointment with a periodontist in Suwanee. We know that it’s a scary prospect, but we’re here to help you. Your gum disease specialist will take tissue samples and send them to a lab for analysis. When we receive the results, we’ll notify you. If negative, we’ll provide you with helpful tips to stay negative. If positive, we’ll provide you with a treatment regimen that works for you. Either way, we’re here for you, so don’t delay in seeking treatment from a periodontal dentist in our office.
No matter the procedure you need, we’ll do our absolute best to ensure that you’re comfortable from start to finish. We have several types of sedation available, including nitrous oxide, and your periodontist will discuss them with you.
How Do I Know If I Need a Consultation with a Periodontist in Suwanee?
If you’re having issues with your gums, or if you aren’t and want to maintain the status quo, then call (678) 448-4121 to schedule an appointment at Imagix Dental of Suwanee and we’ll help you. Your gums are the framework for your beautiful smile, so let’s keep them as healthy as possible. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you, so call us today.