Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and bone that support your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film composed of food debris, bacteria and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and diseases such as diabetes, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, cardiovascular disease and increased risk during pregnancy. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Dr. Gail McLaurin D. M. D. | Atlanta Periodontics | Implants and Periodontal Medicine

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A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the tissues that support the teeth. It can cause damage to the gums, teeth, and bone, leading to tooth loss if left untreated.

Dr. Gail McLaurin D.M.D is knowledgeable and experienced in delicate periodontics. She has been helping patients from the Metro Atlanta area (Alpharetta, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Woodstock, Duluth, Lawrencevillewith) with gum disease problems since 1990.

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What a periodontist can do in regards to Periodontal Disease?

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Gum DiseaseA periodontist can diagnose gum disease by examining the teeth and gums, taking X-rays, and measuring the depth of the gum pockets around the teeth.

A periodontist can provide various treatments to manage gum disease, including scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar), antibiotic therapy, and surgical procedures.

After the initial treatment, a periodontist can help patients maintain healthy gums through regular cleanings and checkups.

If gum disease has led to tooth loss, a periodontist can place dental implants to replace missing teeth.

A periodontist can also provide cosmetic procedures such as gum contouring to improve the appearance of the gums.

How Do You Know When to Go to a Periodontist?

  • Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

    Some symptoms that may indicate you need to see a periodontist include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, receding gums, persistent bad breath, and loose teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a periodontist as soon as possible.

  • Regular Dental Checkups

    During regular dental checkups, your dentist may identify potential periodontal issues and refer you to a periodontist for further evaluation and treatment.

  • Importance of Early Diagnosis

    Early diagnosis of periodontal disease is crucial in preventing its progression and ensuring the best possible outcome. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, it is important to see a periodontist as soon as possible.

What Does a Periodontist Do on the First Visit?

  • Comprehensive Exam: During the first visit to a periodontist, the periodontist will perform a comprehensive exam to assess the health of your gums and surrounding structures of the teeth, including the bones.
  • Discussion of Findings: During the first visit, the periodontist will also discuss the findings of the exam with you and explain any procedures that may be necessary for your periodontal health.
  • Treatment Planning: Based on the exam results, the periodontist will then discuss a treatment plan with you that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. This may include procedures such as deep cleaning, gum and bone grafting, dental implants, and laser surgery.

Importance of Seeing a Periodontist

Maintaining good oral health is important for overall well-being and can help prevent a range of health problems. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum or tooth problems or have been referred by your dentist, seeing a periodontist can help diagnose and treat the issue. With their specialized training and expertise in periodontics, a periodontist can provide advanced treatment options and help ensure that your gums and teeth stay healthy.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Periodontal Procedures

Periodontal Procedures are designed not only to restore the functional and structural integrity of the teeth and gums but also to restore a more natural appearance and enhance the beauty of a smile. Unlike purely corrective periodontal therapies, cosmetic procedures focus as much on esthetics as on function. We incorporate both.

Patients are often self-conscious of their smile when too much or too little of the gums show. They can be shy of their appearance because of teeth that are badly stained, chipped or poorly aligned. They may be uncomfortable opening their mouth due to missing or damaged teeth. For someone with these conditions looking to improve their appearance there is often a cosmetic surgical remedy. The excellent byproducts can improve function, better overall dental health and a better ability to eat well.

Where to find a Periodontics Specialized Office in Atlanta and the Surrounding Cities of Marietta, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Duluth, or Lawrenceville?

If you live in Atlanta, GA, or the surrounding cities of Marietta, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Duluth, or Lawrenceville, finding a periodontist who is knowledgeable and experienced in delicate periodontics and implant dentistry can be a great investment in your oral health.

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