At Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA, we comfortably do gum disease treatment and also ensure it doesn’t return to cause further damage.Dr. Travis Watson on Gum Disease Treatment Read Transcript
Gum disease is significant in that there are so many things that will make a patient at more risk for gum disease. For example, there's a lot of medical risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes and smoking, that pretty much makes a patient more at risk immediately, just when you have one of those three, two of those three, certainly.
But there's a huge genetic component to gum disease too, so our goal is to first of all listen to the patient's concerns, but second of all to understand where that patient is along that scale of risk, and then sort of cater sort of a recipe for initial therapy for that patient. And sometimes that can be conservative, cleanings or hygiene visits as patients have always had for every six months. But sometimes it can be a little more of an in-depth cleaning, because the problems happen below the gumline, and so the idea is that if we can treat the problems early on, and really get to the problem, which is basically a bacterial infection, and if we can resolve that, the quicker the better. Because if we let it evolve, it becomes a situation where we cannot be as conservative as we would want to be, and we've got to be in more of a surgical approach, which is no fun, and we certainly want to avoid that for all of our patients.
But the hard thing about gum disease is that it's asymptomatic. So there's no pain. It's very few symptoms that patients experience along the lines as far as gum disease goes. So the only thing we sometimes hear is patients will say, “Well, my teeth are getting a little loose,” and that can be, obviously, a concern, and our patients may say, “I have bleeding that's spontaneous,” and that can be also, that's really only the two things that we hear from patients as far as gum disease goes. So more oftentimes than not, when a patient comes in and has very severe gum disease, they are in denial, because they, up to that point, they have literally had no problems. And so, our goal, going back to preventative or nonsurgical therapy, is to basically to treat the disease as early as possible, before bone loss and permanent changes start to occur.
Using the most patient-friendly techniques, we will:
- Repair your gums if they are swollen, bleeding, tender, pulling away from your teeth, or affecting how your teeth fit together
- Use laser technology to provide a speedier recovery period and better results
- Ensure you remain relaxed and free of pain during any procedure by choosing one of our three sedation options that is best for you
If your gums are red, swollen, or bleeding, call us today at 770-744-4619. Here in Atlanta West Dentistry, we offer complimentary consultations and second opinions in our Marietta, GA dentist office. Our highly skilled doctors and staff will answer any questions and determine which treatment is best for your smile!
Using The Latest, Most Comfortable Laser Technology To Treat Your Gums
Whenever possible, we avoid surgery by using lasers to rid your gums of infection with pinpoint precision. We use the DEKA CO2 laser, which:
- Vaporizes infected tissue in your gums
- Reduces bleeding
- Greatly speeds up your healing process
- Reduces chances of relapse for gum tissue attached to your tooth
Before your procedure, will numb your mouth using The Wand, a computer-operated numbing tool that doesn’t require any big, scary syringes.
Gently Cleaning Your Gums With Scaling And Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are gum disease treatment options that are essentially “deep cleaning” procedures. These procedures are used to remove plaque and tartar buildup from underneath your gums and off the roots of your teeth.
Allowing these substances to thrive can lead to jawbone decay and tooth loss. These deep cleaning procedures are often used as a first resort to solving gum disease issues, before any major damage has occurred.
We may also send you home with a follow-up treatment consisting of AO ProVantage Gel, CTx4 Gel 5000, or PreviDent fluoride gel. We often check back after one month to determine if further gum disease treatment is necessary.
Return Your Gums To Normal
Call 770-744-4619 to speak with our team about treating your gum issues. Your complimentary consultation will allow us to determine the best course of action to ensure you no longer deal with dental discomfort and can protect your smile!
Top Marietta, GA dentist Dr. Travis Watson is a certified member of top dental associations in the country including Georgia Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and American Dental Association.