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Gum disease can creep up on you and cause significant damage before you realize you have it. This is one reason your annual dental checkups and professional cleanings are so important. In the earliest stages, gingivitis is easily defeated with a thorough cleaning, removal of plaque buildup and special mouthwash and/or toothpaste if necessary.

When gingivitis has been diagnosed, the first step of treatment is removing the hardened tartar around the teeth. When plaque builds up and hardens, it cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. It needs to be scraped off the teeth or shattered using special dental tools designed for this purpose.

Scalers are hand-held instruments with a hook on the end used for scraping off tartar. Ultrasonic scalers are also used to break up or shatter the hardened substance, especially when the deposits are heavy. These air-driven tools are very efficient and decrease treatment time. They also provide deep cleaning with less trauma to the soft tissues. The water put out by the ultrasonic devices continually bathes the working area, which reduces the necessity for constant rinsing and provides better visibility for the dentist, so the procedure is completed faster.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

The normal healthy color of your gums depend on the amount of melanin in your skin. Lighter skinned people tend to have pink gums. People with darker skin have more melanin and therefore their gums may be dark, even dark brown or black. A change in the color or condition of your gums may indicate the presence of gum disease. Keep in mind that some diseases such as ulcerative gingivitis can also cause black or grey gums.

Bright red, swollen and/or bleeding gums are indicative of gingivitis or periodontal disease. If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing, it is important to see your dentist. Left untreated, simple, treatable gum disease can develop into a serious infection and lead to tooth loss.

Gum disease is most often caused by poor oral hygiene. Lack of sufficient brushing and flossing allows plaque to build up. Tartar then forms, pushing the gums away from the teeth and creating pockets where food debris and bacteria combine to produce infection.

Gingivitis can also be caused by medication and some medical conditions. Some females may also experience gingivitis as a result of hormonal changes.

Any changes in your gums should be brought to the attention of your dentist. Early treatment of gum disease is usually successful and requires minimal intervention, whereas neglecting the problem can lead to the need for more invasive treatment. We will help you keep your gums and teeth healthy at Engineered Smiles. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to address problems you may have with your teeth or gums.

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    Absolutely love this place, I’ve been coming here for the last two years. I didn’t have insurance when I first started, and they had a great payment plan that they were able to let me work with. I see Jennifer, and she is the absolute best! Dr. Wang and his entire staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful. I will continue coming back to this location for years to come come!

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    Like most people I don't particularly enjoy going to the dentist. The staff, hygienists, and Dr. Wang himself make this practice the best one I have ever gone to. I have been I patient for over a year now. I recently made the decision to get a filling from another dentist redone. That filling had me terrified because my last dentist didn't properly prep me. I told Dr. Wang and he listened very attentively and took the necessary steps to make sure I was properly numbed and fixed my filling and I didn't feel a thing! The shop itself is very clean and organized. It's and old Bank building and they cleverly used the value for the X-ray room. A big shout out to Jennifer for being great and very gentle with my cleanings. Also, the office manager Autumn, for always working with insurance for me and getting the financials as low as possible without me having to ask. I have recommended several people to this practice and all have had great experiences and continue to go back. This practice is absolutely worth checking out!

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    Dr. Wang and his amazing technology create incredible results. I have had an implant and a crown and they are perfect replicas of my original teeth, only healthy. Also, the work was efficient and practically pain free!! He and his support staff are all kind and gentle. This practice is highly recommended both by me and by my husband!

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    Dr Wang went above and beyond to make sure I thoroughly understood his proposed treatment plan for a front tooth implant. He spent almost an hour on the phone with me addressing all my questions and concerns and outlining his reasons for choosing a particular method or timeline. He was patient and specific. The following day he spent even more of his time demonstrating some of the incredible technology he would be using to ensure success of the procedure. He is incredibly smart and his engineering knowledge seems to be coming in handy!! Wonderful dentist with a broad range of talent!

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    I’ve continued to use Dr. Wang as my dentist for several years and have always been more than happy with him. His staff is excellent and Jennifer, my dental hygienist, was friendly and did a great job. Dr Wang is always thorough and takes the time to answer all the questions I have - I trust him and continue to refer friends, family and coworkers to him and they have always been happy to say the least!

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    670 Johnson Ferry Rd
    Marietta, GA 30068

    (678) 801-6700

    (678) 903-2428

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