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Periodontal Care in Macon, GA

Woman SmilingWhen it comes to your overall health, the state of your mouth can be a good indicator of where you stand. At MaconSmiles, we want all of our patients to have a clean, healthy smile, so it is important you visit us every six months for cleanings and maintain proper oral hygiene. For patients experiencing periodontal disease, Dr. Shah will work with you to find the best treatment for your smile. Our dental office is located in Macon, GA, but we serve patients from the surrounding areas of Forsyth, Gray and more, so contact us with any questions and visit our office today.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontics is the treatment of infections around the teeth, commonly practiced by your dentist to prevent infection of the teeth, gums and bones in your mouth. Periodontal disease can be caused by the sticky buildup of plaque on your teeth where bacteria can thrive. Other causes of periodontal infections include the following:

  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

Gingivitis is one of the mildest forms of gum disease and can often be treated with good oral hygiene and a visit to the dentist, but if left untreated, the infection could progress into periodontitis, which can be either aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis can cause rapid bone and tooth loss, while chronic periodontitis is slower moving, causing pockets and the recession of the gums.

Treatment Options

If you have periodontal disease, we have treatment options that can help restore your smile as much as possible. In some cases, surgery may be necessary when non-invasive options do not work. Some of the procedures that Dr. Shah may recommend include:

  • Bone regeneration
  • Pocket reduction
  • Soft tissue grafts

Dental implants are also a treatment option for patients that need to replace teeth lost to periodontitis. We always recommend good oral hygiene as the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease. Regular brushing and flossing can go a long way in reducing the build-up of infection-causing plaque.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Whether you are suffering from periodontal disease or simply need to set up a regular checkup, Dr. Shah offers gentle, high-quality dental care. From cosmetic to laser dentistry, we provide a wide variety of services, so contact our office at 478-757-8714 today to schedule an appointment.

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