From his practice, Atlanta Dentistry by Design, Dr. Freeman provides general dentistry services including biannual checkups and professional cleanings to his patients from in and around Atlanta, Georgia.
Regular dental checkups, in addition to good oral hygiene at home, are essential to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Regular checkup appointments typically take 20 to 40 minutes, and we suggest scheduling two of these checkups a year. Without proper care of your teeth, you run the risk of gum disease which can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. At each regular checkup, the dentist will measure the depth of the shallow v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your tooth and gums to identify whether you have gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line, where ultimately they cause the attachment of the tooth and supporting tissues to break down. The two major stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.
In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing. However, without thorough removal, toxins from plaque cause the disease process to continue. Gingivitis left untreated may worsen and develop into periodontitis.
In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged. Whereas healthy gums and bone anchor teeth firmly in place, infected gums can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or have to be removed by a dentist. This can be treated with scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process where the tartar is scraped off from below and up above the gum line. Root planing is where the root is cleared of any coarse spots where germs and bacteria collect. Sometimes, a is used to remove plaque and tartar which can decrease bleeding and pain following the treatment.
The cost of your treatment may vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. Dr. Freeman and his staff will discuss with you the cost of your treatment, and each of your available payment plan options, so that you are able to make the best choice for you, your smile, and your family.
Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care whenever you need it.
** Our practice accepts most major credit cards and we are familiar with most major insurance plans. **
Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork.
"Dr. Freeman and his staff are fantastic. You are seen on time and by smiling, happy people who genuinely care about your oral health."
"I've had the privilege of having good dentist visits my entire life, but Dr. Freeman's office gave me the very best experience I've ever had at the dentist!"
"I love this practice! The office staff is extremely friendly and the dental service is attentive, efficient, and fast. Can't say enough great things about this office!"
"The attention to detail that Dr. Freeman applies to his patients leaves little to no room for error. Best. Dentist. Ever. Period."
"The Atlanta Dentistry by Design Team is the best. They are very friendly and professional. They provide excellent customer service. "
I have been coming to Dr. Freeman's office for about 5 years now!! The staff are super friendly and always greet me with a smile!!
I went in with some rather serious issues -- Dr. Freeman and his team got me fixed up and on the best track for the future. Great place. Top notch and very warm staff.