Healthy gums and healthy teeth are equally essential to good oral health. Unfortunately, about 50 percent of adults in the U.S. have gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.

Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease, and in its early stages, it’s referred to as gingivitis. When treated early, the damage done by gingivitis can be reversed, but if it’s left untreated, the gums will recede from the teeth, the ligaments that secure the teeth can be destroyed, and the jawbone can begin to erode. It’s unfortunate that so many people will lose teeth to a disease that is curable and completely preventable. If you have gum disease at any stage, call one of our offices right away and schedule an appointment with a gum disease expert. We can help you save your teeth, so call us today.

Is a Periodontist a Specialist?

A periodontist has completed general dentistry training and a minimum of two years of additional training in the specialty areas of managing gum disease, cosmetic dentistry, and implant installation. A periodontal dentist is a gum disease specialist and can help you achieve and maintain healthy gums and a beautiful smile. Call Imagix Dental today to schedule an appointment with a periodontist if you need gum disease management, cosmetic surgery or dental implants in Atlanta. We perform many different types of periodontal services in our office, including crown lengthening and gummy surgery, and the following are the most common:

Periodontal Disease Treatment

After you eat or drink, a bacteria-filled substance called plaque forms on your teeth. When it’s not removed through brushing or flossing, it can begin to erode your tooth enamel and if left on long enough, it can begin to attack your gums. The ligaments that secure your teeth will begin to deteriorate, and your jawbone can break down. At this stage, you’ll lose your teeth, so it’s vital that you don’t let gum disease progress to this point. READ MORE

Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, but they’re also used to stabilize jaw and tooth alignment, and to anchor dental appliances when a natural tooth may not be available. A gum disease specialist in our Atlanta office can install one or more dental implants for you, no matter the reason you need them. The metal post will be implanted into your jaw and will serve the same function as the root of a natural tooth. Implants also help prevent the premature wrinkling of the skin around the mouth, which can occur if you have missing teeth. READ MORE

Crown Lengthening

The part of your tooth that extends above your gums is called the crown, and on some people, the crown can be short. The gum disease expert in our office can trim some of the excess gum tissue so that your crowns are longer and you have a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Crowns sometimes need to be lengthened in order to install braces or other dental appliances. If you need this procedure, get in touch with our office to get started right away.

Gummy Smile Surgery

Sometimes, people have an excess of gum tissue that can make their teeth appear short or stubby. If you feel that your teeth are too short, call an office near you for a consultation. A periodontal dentist in our office can trim the excess gum tissue from your teeth and provide you with a more even gum line and a more flattering smile.

Soft Tissue Graft / Gum Grafting

When your gums recede, they can expose the roots of your teeth, which can be very painful. It can also subject your teeth to the onset of decay and bone loss. If you have receding gums, call one of our Atlanta offices and a periodontist in Atlanta can perform a tissue graft over the area.

Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis

HPV, or human papillomavirus, has taken the lead over smoking as the main cause of oral cancer. If you have HPV or think you have oral cancer, call our periodontics office in Atlanta and we can help you. Your periodontist will take tissue samples and send them to the lab for analysis. When we receive the results, whether negative or positive, we’ll notify you. If they are positive, we’ll discuss treatment options with you. No matter the test results, we’ll be there with you. We know this is a scary time, but don’t delay getting tested.

Whichever treatment you have in our Atlanta office, we’ll do our utmost to ensure that you’re as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We have several methods of sedation available, including nitrous oxide, and your periodontist will discuss them with you during your initial consultation.

How Soon Can I Get a Consultation with a Periodontist in Atlanta?

We strive to schedule our patients as soon as possible, but if you need urgent periodontics in Atlanta, be sure to inform us when you call. Your gums are the framework for your beautiful smile, so make sure you keep them healthy and properly maintained. Call the office closest to you and we’ll help you with a treatment plan to get your healthy smile and gums back.

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