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Periodontic Specialty

Dr. Susan Baker has practiced the specialty of Periodontics in the Atlanta community since 1987.

The specialty of Periodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association®. The practice of Periodontics is focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease affecting the gums and supporting structures of teeth and in the placement dental implants.

Ongoing clinical research in periodontics is dedicated to the development of advanced techniques in periodontal plastic surgery, oral reconstructive surgery, tissue engineering and regeneration, implantology and improvements of therapies used in the treatment of periodontal disease. Information research efforts include collaboration with medical professionals in the study of systemic relationships between periodontal health and whole body health.

General dentists and other dental specialists refer their patients to a Periodontist for the treatment of periodontal disease or placement of dental implants. They also rely on the Periodontist to perform gum-sculpting procedures that complement cosmetic dental restorations such as porcelain veneers and crowns.
Read more at the American Academy of Periodontology website

Periodontal Disease

In Latin, the word perio means “around” and dontal refers to “tooth”. Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a progressive condition in which harmful bacteria penetrate below the gum line and develop into an infection. Without intervention and treatment, periodontal disease will progress, destroying gum tissue and bone in its path. This bone and tissue loss will undermine the retention of teeth, and eventually, the teeth will become loose and fall out.

dental hygienist providing periodontal treatment

Early treatment is best when it comes to management of Gum Disease.

If detected early, periodontal disease may be treated non-surgically by scaling and root planing procedures, in which plaque and hardened calculus deposits are removed from tooth surfaces above and below the gums. The goal of periodontal root planing is to eliminate as much of the disease-causing bacteria as possible to facilitate healing and growth of healthy tissue.

Often, special antibiotic medication is placed in the treated area to help eliminate bacteria and prevent further infection. If the disease has progressed to the point that supporting bone has been lost, periodontal surgery may be required.

Periodontal Services

Dr. Baker provides a full range of periodontal treatment in our North Atlanta dental specialty practice, including:

  • Treatment of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.
  • Connective soft tissue grafts to replace lost gum tissue.
  • Replacement of missing teeth & denture stabilization using Dental Implants.
  • Correction of oral soft tissue conditions, such as being “Tongue-Tied” (Ankyloglossia).
  • Cosmetic Gum Sculpting to enhance appearance of dental crowns, bridges and veneers.
  • Osseous bone surgery and bone grafts to repair damage caused by trauma or infection.
  • Management of pain in jaw joints (TMJ/TMD) due to improper bite or teeth grinding (Bruxism).

Dr. Baker works closely with your general dentist and other dental specialists to manage your periodontal care based on your specific needs. Our practice is located centrally to Gwinnett County and Atlanta for convenient travel.

You deserve a smile that you feel good about!

Call Today 770.448.3333 to schedule a personal consultation with Atlanta Periodontist Dr. Susan Baker.