Dental Professionals of Vinings
2460 Cumberland Parkway SE, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30339
Healthy gums and healthy teeth combine to give you good oral health. They also contribute to your good physical health. Unfortunately, almost half of adults over the age of 30 don’t have healthy gums, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control.
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease and it starts out as gingivitis, which can manifest as inflamed gums or gums that are sensitive, swollen, or bleed when you floss or brush. If the gingivitis is left untreated, it can worsen and eventually cause your gums to recede, your teeth to fall out, and your jawbone to deteriorate. The really unfortunate part is that gingivitis and gum disease is completely preventable and it’s curable if caught in its early stages. Tooth loss is completely unnecessary, so don’t procrastinate in scheduling maintenance appointments with your gum disease specialist.
The word periodontic comes from two Greek words, “perio” meaning around and “dontic” meaning tooth. Any time you’re having issues with your gums or if you need dental implants or want cosmetic surgery, then you would need to see a periodontist. These are gum disease specialists who have completed a minimum of two years of additional training in the specialty fields of gum disease management, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. In addition to cosmetic procedures, such as lip repositioning, we perform many other types of periodontal services to our patients, but the following are the most commonly performed at Dental Professionals of Vinings:
Plaque is sticky and laden with bacteria that attacks your tooth enamel, gums, jawbone, and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. Plaque forms after eating or drinking and when it’s not removed, it can wreak havoc on both your gums and your teeth. If you notice problems with your gums and teeth, such as inflammation or bleeding, then call our periodontics office in Vinings and schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert.
Dental implants are very popular because they require the same maintenance as your natural teeth and they look just like your natural teeth. They are also used to anchor dentures, crowns, and bridges, and they can help prevent the premature wrinkling that occurs when you have missing teeth.
The visible part of your tooth is called the crown, and sometimes it needs to be lengthened. If you need braces, need to have a partial denture installed, or if you simply want the aesthetics of more tooth surface or a more even gum line, then a longer crown can help you. If you want this procedure, a periodontist in Vinings can help you.
Sometimes, people have an excess of gum tissue and this can make them dissatisfied with their smile. With this type of surgery, the periodontist will remove excess gum tissue and even out the gum line, which will make the crowns appear longer and provide a more satisfactory smile.
Receding gums can expose the roots of your teeth and cause pain. They can also subject your jaw to bone loss and decay. A gum disease expert in our periodontal office can graft tissue into the area, which will guard against future bone and tissue loss. Moreover, it should alleviate your pain.
The increase in the incidence of HPV, or the human papillomavirus, has led to an increase in the incidence of oral cancer. In fact, HPV has now surpassed smoking as the leading cause of oral cancer. If you have HPV or think you have oral cancer, make an appointment to see a periodontist without delay. We’ll take tissue samples and send them to a lab for analysis, and we’ll notify you of the results whether they’re negative or positive. If they’re negative, we’ll provide helpful tips on keeping healthy gums. If the results are positive, we’ll help you establish a treatment regimen that fits your preferences and your lifestyle. We’ll help you get through this. We realize that it’s scary, but ignoring it will only exacerbate the problem, so call us today if you think you have HPV or oral cancer.
No matter the type of procedure you have in our office, we’ll do all we can to ensure your comfort. We offer several options for sedation, including laughing gas, and your periodontist will discuss them with you during your consultation.
We always strive to schedule our patients as soon as we can, but if you have an emergency, be sure to notify us when you call. Your gums are the basis of your beautiful smile, so it’s important to keep them healthy. Call us at (678) 448-4125 if you need periodontics in Vinings, and we’ll put you on the schedule as soon as possible. Don’t delay, call a gum disease specialist today. We look forward to speaking with you.