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Gum disease - Dunwoody, GA & Atlanta, GA

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How Untreated Periodontal Disease Has A Systemic Impact On Your Health

The Dangers of Gum Disease Include Health Complications or Tooth Loss

There are millions of germs that live in your mouth. If you have gum disease symptoms in Dunwoody, GA, it is important to seek treatment, as you have open wounds in your gums that allow the bacteria to enter directly into your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. Some of the bacteria normally found in the mouth enter your bloodstream through infected gums and can relocate to other parts of your body with the potential of creating disease in organs and systems.

While many symptoms of gingivitis exist, tooth loss is the most severe. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for the majority of adults in the United States. Losing your teeth, however, is not the only danger of this disease. When teeth become lost, it is more difficult for patients to chew properly and may even affect the types of foods that they are able to consume. Without a healthy, nutritious diet, overall health can decline, further leading to systemic illness. If you notice that your teeth are becoming loose or if any other symptoms are occurring, seek gum disease treatment with Codelli Periodontics & Implants right away.

Given the potential life-threatening effects of gum disease, it is very important to maintain regular dental exams and cleanings at our Dunwoody office. Your dental professional will provide periodic screenings. If the presence of gingivitis or the more severe periodontitis is detected, either non-surgical or surgical gum disease treatment will be provided to address and control the disease. There is no cure for periodontal disease. We must treat this condition and maintain your oral health to prevent the progression of periodontal disease. 

The Three Stages of Gum Disease

The daily task of brushing and flossing your teeth has never been more important in order to avoid gum disease, or periodontal disease, and reduce the risks that it places on your overall health than it is today. With hundreds of bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease present in the mouth, thorough home care habits and regular dental visits are vital to your health.

It has been estimated that 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease which can be linked to serious health complications and cause dental problems that are avoidable.

The 3 Stages Are:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis

Gum Disease Is Linked To Health Risks

Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for many serious health complications, including:
  • Heart Disease
  • Premature Birth or Low Birth-Weight Babies
  • Stroke
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Memory Loss or Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
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Treatment Options for Gum Disease Care

Taking good care of your mouth does more than help to ensure that you have a bright, white smile. Having a healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand! Without proper oral hygiene habits, you may begin to develop the early stages of gum disease. Seeing us at Codelli Periodontics & Implants in Dunwoody, GA for gum disease treatment and diagnosis could save your teeth and improve your overall health, as the effects of this condition can be far reaching. 

We offer a multitude of effective solutions gum disease treatment:

Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical periodontal treatment that is typically recommended when periodontal disease is diagnosed. The treatment often requires hand instruments and an ultrasonic tool to remove the plaque and calculus accumulation. Your doctor or dental hygienist will use the instruments below the gum line to clean the roots of your teeth and smooth any rough surfaces. The goal of this deep cleaning process is to clear away plaque and tartar as well as smooth the surfaces of the teeth to encourage the gum tissues to reattach to the teeth.

Osseous Surgery: Osseous surgery, or flap surgery, is usually performed when periodontal pockets around a tooth (or teeth) have not responded to other treatments. Also known as pocket depth reduction, this procedure is performed in order to create a clean environment around the tooth so that it can be retained rather than lost. The goal of osseous surgery is to reduce or eliminate periodontal pocketing. Osseous surgery is generally recommended after other treatments have been explored and attempted, and is usually performed when pocket depths have worsened over time or have not responded to other therapies.

Periodontal Maintenance:  Periodontal maintenance therapy is an ongoing program designed to prevent the progression of periodontal (gum) disease in the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Periodontal maintenance is usually necessary for patients who have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal disease.

Maintenance visits to Codelli Periodontics & Implants can help to prevent additional dental problems in the future, such as further bone and tooth loss. Treating the disease in its early stages can help to save you from not only oral and overall health problems, but also money!

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LANAP®: Laser Gum Disease Therapy

LANAP® is a type of gum disease treatment that gives us the ability to possibly save loose teeth that would have needed to be removed otherwise. At Codelli Periodontics & Implants, Dr. Gregg Codelli can tell you that LANAP has several benefits to traditional gum disease treatment. There is no cutting or stitching involved in laser dental surgery. This is how LANAP is able to reduce pain and discomfort. Very rarely will our doctors need to prescribe pain medication to a patient for this advanced dental surgery. Regular maintenance keeps the symptoms of gum disease at bay. To learn more about laser gum surgery, call the Atlanta, GA office of Dr. Codelli; they also serve the community of Sandy Springs, GA, and surrounding areas.

We have effective treatment options to stop gum disease