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Treatment for Gum Disease

Your gums are the foundation of your smile. They play an integral role in your oral health as well as your overall health. When the gums become infected or diseased, serious consequences can result if treatment is not initiated. Gum disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but it has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature birth. Therefore, you’ll find that Gwinnett Family Dental Care takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to treating gum disease or periodontitis. Because we know that patients have various levels of gum disease, we proudly offer the following forms of treatments here in our Lawrenceville office:

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontitis

Gum disease is most easily reversed when caught early. While we perform a meticulous assessment of your gum health at your routine dental visits, it is important that you recognize the signs of gum disease on your own. If you notice the following symptoms of gum disease, please call our office to schedule an appointment:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

Gum disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissues that hold your teeth in place. While there are many causes of gum disease, the infection typically starts when oral hygiene is poor and hardened plaque is allowed to accumulate along and below the gum line. This irritates the gums and causes the gums to pull away from the tooth roots, leaving deep pockets of tissue that further harbor bacteria and plaque. At its most advanced stage, gum disease can destroy the surrounding bone and tissue that support your teeth, which may result in tooth loss.

Arestin for Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Arestin Professional (minocycline HCI) Microsperes, 1mh

At Gwinnett Family Dental Care, we proudly pursue the latest treatment options for gum disease. Arestin (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that causes the infection of gum disease. It is typically used after a scaling and root planing procedure (deep cleaning), which eliminates stubborn plaque and bacteria below the gum line and encourages the gums to reattach to the tooth roots. Arestin is applied directly in the infected pockets of the gums. Here the antibiotic can begin working immediately to fight any lingering bacteria and inflammation that is fostering the infection. Arestin continues to work for up to 30 days or more.

Picasso Lite – Soft Tissue Laser for Gingivectomy

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For those that have advanced gum disease (periodontitis), a special soft tissue laser can be used to restore your gum health. Our Lawrenceville dentists have proudly invested in the Picasso Lite, a gentle but highly effective laser for gingivectomy. A gingivectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes and reshapes the detached (loose) gum tissue that is diseased. This eliminates the deep pockets between the teeth and gum and prevents further infection.

To learn more about Arestin, Picasso Lite or other leading gum disease treatment options, contact Gwinnett Family Dental Care today. We treat all stages of gum disease, from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis.

Our patient testimonials

4.6 / 5.0
  • The whole process is amazing! You don't sit in the waiting room for very long until somebody comes in to get you. And to my surprise The same lady that clean to my teeth the last time cleaned my teeth this time and she actually remembered me! She was super sweet and very gentle and was able to give me great feedback on what I need to do for the health of my teeth. When the dentist came in he also was very gentle and very thorough looking at my teeth and letting me know the best products to use on my teeth as far as tooth paste and mouthwash. Everything always seems very organized to the time you check in until the time you leave. Is it weird that I can actually say I kind of enjoyed my experience at the dentist? Lol

    Annie R
  • My insurance changed and I was also looking on changing dentist. I received a very thorough cleaning and check up. I finally was told about some things happening to my teeth that my old dentist office never told me about. Probably should have changed sooner. Would recommend this office to anyone. Very Happy

    Sandra M
  • Pardon me for repeating myself, but Gwinnett Family Dental Care this is my review today, tomorrow and every single time! First, Dr. Jon - oh if every Dr. could be like this man the medical world would be absolutely a joy to go to see a Dr.! I am so happy to see him and talk with him with his kind, caring way. Talks and his help for so much over these many years- PRICELESS! Can I say I love my friend? Well, i do! I see Carime and Lauren and they have to figure it out who's turn it is and I told them why don't you just do it this way - one on left and one on the right! They thought it was great! My friends in the office staff you are wonderful, caring people too and greet me with a smile and a great HELLO and leaving it's a BYE, have a great day! There is no more to say, except Gwinnett Family Dental - get out there in all those Dr.'s offices and show them how customer concern, service and kindness is done! I wish all of you the JOY of the upcoming HOLIDAYS!

    Kathy G
  • Ok 2-9-18 I had all front teeth removed, temporary was put in the same day . Dr Green is gentle and patient. Office staff and techs are wonderful and compassionate . Easy to make appts. I have referred my father and many co workers. I'll be a patient for life!! Thank you Gwinnett family Dental Care!! Because of Dr Green my confidence is growing. Kerry oesterle

    Kerry O
  • I came here due to my previous dental office cancelled my appointment. I love the practice and the entire staff. Very professional and if any question regarding services they can fully answer. The most I like the Saturday appointment due to my schedule with work.

    Makenzie W
  • Broke a chunk of my back molar off. They were able to fit me in that day. I am super sensitive in the mouth and did not want to come. Dr. Green and her assistant Mirna were wonderful. They explained everything before and during the procedure. No pain!! They did a wonderful job drilling out the old filling, building up my tooth and placing a temporary crown. If I wanted them to stop for any reason, I just raised my finger and they both stopped immediately! Super gentle and patient! They also didn't try to get me to do extra procedures I didn't need or purchase extra stuff. Oh and the front office staff is great too! Super friendly and helpful!

    Kim R
  • I have been coming here for a couple of years. I LOVE THEM! So much so my husband is switching dentists to come here. I definitely recommend them. I haven't had to wait too long to be seen and everyone there has always been helpful.

    Marian C
  • Again had my teeth cleaned and more by the creme-de-la creme wonderful hygienist Careme, from the identical last name of the French chef "caremal" - the sweet , there may be some possible puns above. But seriously, she's the best hygienist I've ever had the good fortune to encounter, and I'm rather long of tooth (but don't give my exact age) a long line of such both in NYC and Atlanta. Gentle, cheerful and beyond thorough since it's evident that she's checking for things no other hygienist I've had has ever checked for. One needs a word beyond "superlative" to describe her and her work. I was also fortunate to have my teeth checked by Dr. John Klevansky, He finds the problems without painfully poking around, and it's always a good experience to be with him, and I've had a lot of work done by him.

    Bob T

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