At Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we understand that visiting a periodontist in Cumming, Georgia, can involve a lot of unfamiliar treatments. We want to help you feel as comfortable as possible in our office. To do this, we invite you to read through these frequently asked questions and learn more about what you can expect when you visit with our doctor, Dr. Shelly Montes. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, please feel free to contact us at 770-781-3685.

What is a periodontist? When do I need to see one?

A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal (gum) disease and other oral conditions. Periodontists also specialize in implant placement. In addition to completing general dental school, periodontists complete an additional three years of advanced and focused training. You may require a periodontist if your dentist recommends it, and if you have symptoms of gum disease. You are welcome to schedule your own visit with our dentist if you are concerned about your oral health.

What is periodontal disease, and am I at risk for developing it?

“Periodontal” simply means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support your teeth. Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease, or gingivitis, and it is a result of plaque and bacteria building up along the gum line. Smoking, tobacco, poor nutrition, stress, and pregnancy can also lead to periodontal disease.

Is periodontal disease contagious?

Periodontal disease is not airborne, but it can be transferred via saliva. With that said, those who are in close contact with someone who has gum disease may also be at risk. To ensure that you avoid developing gum disease, visit your dentist or dentist regularly for cleanings and oral examinations.

My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Is this normal?

Gums should never bleed, even when you are brushing your teeth. An early sign of gum disease is bleeding gums. Your bleeding gums may be a result of many things, including aggressive brushing. If your gums are bleeding, schedule your appointment with our dentist for a thorough oral examination.

How can you prevent periodontal disease?

One of the best ways that you can prevent gum disease is by maintaining good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing daily, and receiving regular dental cleanings.

Are dental implants the best restoration option?

If you are missing a tooth, our dentist can help determine if a dental implant is right for you. Dental implants can permanently replace your missing teeth, providing a natural-looking restoration that provides your smile with the support and function it needs. Dental implants are often preferred over bridges or dentures because they are more secure.

Do I need surgery if I have periodontal disease?

Whether or not you require surgery will depend largely on the severity of your condition. There are several non-surgical treatments that our dentist may recommend first, especially if your periodontal disease is mild. However, if your condition is more advanced, you best and most effective treatment options may include surgery. Our practice utilizes the latest dental technology to ensure that any treatment you receive, surgical or not, is performed with minimal discomfort and maximum results.