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Reasons to Visit a Periodontist in Alpharetta
As a periodontist in Alpharetta, we specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, which is an advanced stage of gum disease along with the treatment of oral inflammation and the placement and repair of dental implants. We have extensive training and clinical experience, producing the desired results.
Periodontal or gum disease is largely caused by a buildup of oral bacteria and plaque that has not been treated in the earliest stages. While the bacteria and plaque that colonize on the surface of the teeth are relatively easy to remove, this is not the case when it collects in hard to reach places such as under the gumline and between the teeth. If not removed, this bacteria will infect the soft tissue of the gum and even the bone itself. This will almost certainly lead to bad breath, pus-filled cavities, and swollen gums which bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. In more advanced stage, you can lose teeth because the underlying support has been compromised.
If you live in the area and have any of these symptoms, the sooner you make an appointment with a periodontist in Alpharetta, the sooner we can begin the treatment to return your teeth and gums to optimal health.
The Initial Visit
Your first visit to a periodontist in Alpharetta will involve a very thorough examination of your mouth and an equally in-depth review of your medical history. Before beginning treatment, it is very important for us to know if you have medical problems because many diseases like diabetes and heart conditions, as well as pregnancy, can affect your mouth. Similarly, certain medications, especially those that cause 'dry mouth' can accelerate decay.
In the initial physical exam, we will check for loose teeth, and any recession of the gum line. We may also take one or more x-rays in order to assess the health of the bone below the gum line. Additionally, we will use a measuring instrument to check the depth of the spaces between the teeth and gums which are called periodontal pockets. If these spaces exceed a certain measurement, regular brushing cannot remove collected debris, and it is necessary to thoroughly clean this area to remove as much infection causing bacteria as possible. If not treated, these pocket will, over time, become deeper providing even more space for bacteria to grow and flourish. This bacteria attacks the bone and tissue and eventually will cause so much bone loss that the teeth in question will either fall out or become so loose that they will have to be removed.
In the case of very deep periodontal pockets, we will fold back the gum tissue to clean under it and remove the bacteria. In certain cases, we may also have to smooth the surface of any already damaged bone to minimize the areas where bacteria can colonize. Following the successful removal of bacteria, patients must not only adhere to a strict oral hygiene routine but we also recommend several follow-up visits in order to ensure that the bacteria has not returned.
If you are suffering from inflammation of the gums, bad breath, or have noticed that your gums are receding, you need an experienced periodontist in Alpharetta, to save your teeth, and give you back a healthy smile.