General Dentistry Specialist

Paul Freeman, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist located in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

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.

General Dentistry

Why are regular dental checkups important?

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.

What is gingivitis?

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.

What is 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.


Affordable Payment Plans

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.

Aetna
Aflac
AIG
Ameritas
Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Employee Benefits
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Shield of California
Cigna