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Gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is very sneaky. The early signs of problems are so hard to detect that four out of five people are thought to be unaware they have the condition. This is alarming because gum disease is twice as likely to cost a person his or her tooth or teeth as tooth decay.

Tooth loss and the pain of infection are only part of the concern surrounding gum disease. This condition is also being consistently evaluated for links to serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, stroke, and increased pregnancy risks. Research is ongoing to determine the role that periodontal disease, with its chronic inflammation, plays in the development and management of these other conditions.

The importance of preventive care cannot be overstated. Periodontal disease is not curable. Once you have it, you can only manage it throughout your lifetime. If not properly treated, periodontal disease eventually destroys the underlying bone structure that stabilizes teeth. Dr. Wright works with patients on an individual basis to manage gum disease through advanced care, a healthy diet, and good oral hygiene practices.

What leads to periodontal disease?
The chronic inflammatory condition of periodontal disease affects the soft tissues that surround teeth. The onset of inflammation begins with plaque, a white/yellow substance that sticks to the teeth. Plaque contains saliva, food debris, and bacteria. When we brush our teeth, the goal is to remove this substance, and the bacteria that reside within it. Failure to remove plaque allows the substance to harden into calculus, or tartar. Tartar is the old plaque colony.

Both plaque and tartar house legions of bacteria, living organisms that, like any living organism, eats and excretes. The waste excreted by oral bacteria is toxic to oral tissues. The colonization of bacteria produces inflammation and infection that causes the gums to swell, bleed, and pull away from the teeth. As gums pull away, bacteria move into the pockets (periodontal pockets), where infection is more difficult to treat.

Signs of concern
Because the early detection of periodontal disease is vital to proper management, it is important to maintain regular dental visits. Through skilled eyes and using microscopic surgical loupes, Dr. Gary Simms, DDS can diagnose periodontal disease quickly, leading to prompt treatment and a personalized management plan.

If it has been some time since you have seen a dentist, or if you notice any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to contact Metro Decatur Dental Grou PC for your appointment right away:
Swelling or redness in gum tissue
Tenderness or sensitivity
Bleeding gums
Persistent bad breath
Teeth seem loose, or bite feels different
Gums have receded, or teeth seem longer
Pus is present at the gum line
Diagnosis and treatment
During routine examinations, Dr. Gary Simms, DDS uses a small instrument to measure any existing pockets between the teeth and gum tissue. The depth of the pockets should measure no more than three millimeters, and gums should not bleed upon examination. The depth of periodontal pockets is indicative of the severity of infection, and helps us determine the right course of action.

When periodontal disease is detected, our skilled hygienist will perform deep cleaning, which is called scaling and root planing, or S & RP. This process may be performed with local anesthetic for improved comfort. We also use strong topical anesthetic and have had great results with no shots. The intent of root scaling is to remove harmful microorganisms from the area at and beneath the gum-line. Using specialized instruments, sometimes with ultrasonic technology, our hygienist will eliminate bacteria-harboring plaque and tartar, and may irrigate the pockets with an antimicrobial agent. Scaling and root planing is the process of smoothing the root surface of a tooth that has become indented with bacteria and debris. Smoothing the surface allows gum tissue the opportunity to heal and reconnect with the tooth. Depending on the severity of infection, topical medication may also be administered into periodontal pockets for optimal healing.

Gum health is regularly assessed at routine dental visits to ensure pockets remain at an appropriate measurement. Should periodontal pockets remain at a concerning level, your dentist will discuss options for further treatment. Advanced treatments may include laser therapy, localized antibiotics, pocket reduction surgery, or even tooth replacement with dental implants. Ideally, we can work together to help you avoid the dangers of advanced periodontal disease through preventive treatment and ongoing management.

Metro Decatur Dental Group PC has the comprehensive service menu to help you keep your smile looking and feeling its best. Call us for your visit with Dr. Gary Simms, DDs, 404-292-3133 or stop by our Decatur, Georgia office servicing DeKalb County residents.

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    • Avatar Deborah James ★★★★★ a month ago
      Excellent!!! Straight forward! I wish I would have found this Doctor years ago. Everyone was pleasant even the officer manager, everyone is about taking care of business and the patients. The assistant Shay kept checking on me while I waited … More on the Doctor! Would definitely recommend. For fast, straight to the point care and service!!
    • Avatar jazzy girl ★★★★★ 7 months ago
      The best and most helpful dentist I have ever been to. Dr. Sims is amazing but more importantly his staff has always made me feel welcomed comfortable and knows me by name every time I come in. This is by far the best dentist and staff... … More I would recommend him to anyone I came in to see him feeling pretty hopeless and now I have the most beautiful smile that I could ask for thank you! Marci Zacharias
    • Avatar Elaine Reed ★★★★★ 6 months ago
      I am very grateful to be a patient at Metro Decatur Dental. Dr. Simms is a dentist who is very knowledgeable and up to date with the latest dental options for his patients. He is also very personable. He genuinely cares and was willing … More to work with me to provide the dental services I needed while taking into consideration my budget! His office Manager Lawanda Ferguson is awesome also! She provided me with the insurance information that I needed to get the best insurance for my dental needs. All of the staff at MDD are professional and caring!
    • Avatar Sam Diwan ★★★★★ a year ago
      This Dental Practice is a hidden gem. The staff are so attentive and have a compassionate and kind demeanor. I wish i had gone here before. They are soldiers, at risk everyday during COVID, doing a terrific job. The have a natural camaraderie, … More and work cohesively. I look forward to going back. Thank You for settling me in an taking are of me.
    • Avatar Lawanda Ferguson ★★★★★ 2 years ago
      As a manager that has worked with Dr.Simms for over 14yrs I value my position as an Office Manager to ensure great customer service and patient education that our patients deserve. When that is not exemplified from my front office staff … More changes must be made. As with any job expectations are required and when it becomes clear that those expectations are ignored then the proper changes are taken to protect the company and our brand! I can ensure you that now that we have made changes to our front office staff you will be greeted with a pleasant smile and a warm welcome as you come through the door. Please feel free to come into our office to experience the changes we have made to ensure a pleasant visit.
    • Avatar Tamika Ellis ★★★★★ 2 years ago
      Lawanda is the best next to Dr. Simms!!! Very friendly and makes sure you have everything you need before and after service! Glad I found a place that works for me after my other dentist retired!
    • Avatar Roxanne Martin ★★★★★ 2 years ago
      The staff were friendly. They were surprisingly on time for my appointment. The offices were immaculately clean. Professional and knowledgeable service.

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    James Harvey
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    it's just a great place to start your mouth (teeth) in a great way . Thank you all.
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    Robert Lee Benet
    15 hours ago
    Gary and his staff are very warm and nurturing...they make you feel comfortable during procedures.

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    • Avatar Fredda H. ★★★★★ 8 hours ago
      I love this place. The employees are awesome. They make you feel comfortable and the dentist does a great job.