Are your gums sensitive to cold foods or beverages? Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss? Over time, you could develop periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Gum inflammation or gingivitis is a predecessor to gum disease caused by harmful bacteria. These bacteria feed on food debris left on the gums. Once the bacteria build up, they create a film called plaque.
Plaque can harden to form tartar or calculus and may be difficult to remove, even with regular brushing and flossing. As the bacteria consume the food debris, they release digestive acids irritating the gums. Gum disease can lead to gum recession and tooth loss over time. Dr. Daniela Lemoine offers periodontal disease treatment to her patients from East Cobb, Sandy Springs, and Roswell, Georgia. This restorative dental solution can help reverse early gum disease signs and improve overall health.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is often called a “silent disease” because patients don’t know they have it until it has become more advanced or caused damage. Routine dental care can play a key role in minimizing your risk of developing gum disease. We screen for early signs during your regular dental care visits. Signs of gum disease can include:
- Inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Red or purple-tinged gums
- Gum pockets and recession
- Loose teeth
Please call our office if you have any of these symptoms. Prompt treatment in the early stages of gum disease can help you avoid complex problems. Patients who develop severe gum disease will require surgery to repair their gum tissue and remove their infection.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in East Cobb, GA
Laser-assisted SRP, or scaling and root planing, is a deep cleaning treatment with a comfortable and accurate laser. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from the gums. Root planing smooths the tooth roots to help them reattach to the gums. A gingivectomy and mucogingival surgery are types of periodontal plastic surgery that Dr. Lemoine offers for her patients.
Gingivectomies remove infected gum tissue from the mouth. Mucogingival surgery can correct gum recession and may consist of a connective tissue graft. Gum grafting takes healthy gum tissue from one part of the smile to cover the tooth roots and combats gum recession.
Cosmetic Gum Treatments
Dr. Lemoine also provides gum treatments to address cosmetic gum problems. A frenectomy is a procedure that cuts a band of tissue that connects the gums with the inside of the lip. This tissue can pull on the gums and even contribute to gum recession. Cutting the tissue releases pressure on the gums. A crown lengthening procedure removes excess gum tissue and uses gum contouring to address a gummy smile.
Contact us to get healthier gums at 470.795.6677. You may also feel free to schedule a dental appointment with our dentists online. Dr. Lemoine and her team also welcome patients to ask questions or voice their concerns during dental consultations.