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Gum Health

Gum Disease (Periodontitis, Bone Loss)
Gum Disease is an infection. The predisposition to develop gum disease is hereditary and patients as young as eleven years old sometimes develop tooth loss as the result of gum disease. The common feature of most periodontal diseases is a bacterial infection which progresses along the root of a tooth and erodes supporting bone. In many cases, the gum appears outwardly normal and patients do not complain about bleeding gums. Without treatment, the teeth eventually loosen and must be removed. Only a dental professional can diagnosis periodontal disease using x-rays and periodontal probing. Antibiotics are temporarily used for acute flare-ups but this treatment is not effective long term.

Gum Disease & General Health
The relationship between oral health and general health is well established. Patients with severe gum disease have been shown to have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Women who have gum disease during pregnancy have a higher risk of delivering low birth weight babies, and the relationship between diabetes and oral health is well-known. Many dermatologic conditions are first seen in the mouth and many cancers can occur in the oral cavity.

Gum Recession
Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue resulting in a longer appearing tooth - often exposing the root surface. Most often this is caused by crowding of the teeth and is commonly seen in patients needing or undergoing orthodontics. Occasionally, this is related to bruxing (gritting) of the teeth.

Loose Teeth
Loose teeth are often caused by advanced gum disease or bruxing (gritting) or a combination of both. Many people are unaware they grit their teeth while asleep. The habit worsens during times of stress and can result in worn or broken teeth as well TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) symptoms.

Maintenance care & your referring dentist
After completing your periodontal treatment, there may be restorative needs (fillings, crowns, and bridges) which your referring dentist must complete as an integral part of your treatment. Also, regular maintenance visits at both your general dentistís office and our office are necessary to prevent reoccurrence of your periodontal condition.

Visit these sites for more information:

American Academy of Periodontology What You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Philips Sonicare® Toothbrush

 

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Northlake Periodontics & Dental Implants
Nathan Shapiro, DDS, PC
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
2256 Northlake Pkwy, Suite 215
Tucker, GA 30084

Phone: (770) 493-8500
Fax: (770) 270-1572


Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8am - 4pm

 
 

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Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Nathan Shapiro, provides periodontal services including dental implants, treatment of
gum disease, and sedation dentistry to patients in Tucker, GA and the metro-Atlanta area.

 
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