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Periodontal Therapy

Restore Gum Health with Expert Periodontal Therapy

Reclaim your oral health with Vlass and Merritt Dental Care’s comprehensive Periodontal Therapy in Roswell, GA. Leveraging over 30 years of dental expertise, our treatments effectively combat gum disease, from early gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Our skilled dental team uses the latest techniques to reduce inflammation, repair damage, and prevent further issues, ensuring your gums are as healthy as your smile. Trust us to provide the care you need for a strong, healthy foundation for your teeth.

Gum Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

Our practice is equipped with advanced diagnostic tools and expertise to accurately diagnose gum disease at its earliest stages. Whether you're experiencing gingivitis or more advanced periodontitis, our experienced dentists will develop a customized treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs and restore the health of your gums.

Scaling and Root Planing Expertise

We specialize in scaling and root planing, a non-surgical procedure that effectively removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gum line. This thorough cleaning process helps eliminate infection and inflammation, allowing the gums to heal and reattach to the teeth. Our skilled hygienists ensure patient comfort and provide thorough, gentle care during the scaling and root planing procedure.

Ongoing Maintenance and Support

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we emphasize the importance of ongoing maintenance and support for patients with gum disease. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized home care routine and schedule regular professional cleanings to help prevent recurrence of gum disease and maintain the health of your gums long-term.

Restore Gum Health with Periodontal Therapy

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we offer advanced periodontal therapy to effectively treat gum disease and restore the health of your gums. Our skilled team utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and personalized treatment plans to address inflammation, infection, and other issues, helping you achieve optimal oral health and prevent further complications associated with gum disease.

Periodontal Therapy FAQ's

Periodontal therapy, also known as gum disease treatment, is a series of procedures aimed at managing and treating periodontal (gum) disease, which is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It typically involves deep cleaning techniques to remove plaque and tartar buildup, reduce inflammation, and restore gum health.

Gum disease can present with symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, changes in the fit of dentures, and the formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums. However, in some cases, gum disease may be present without noticeable symptoms, highlighting the importance of regular dental check-ups and periodontal evaluations.

Periodontal therapy typically begins with a comprehensive periodontal evaluation to assess the extent of gum disease and determine the most appropriate treatment approach. Common treatments may include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), laser therapy, antibiotic therapy, and surgical procedures such as gum grafting or pocket reduction surgery. The goal is to remove bacteria and plaque from below the gum line, promote healing, and prevent further damage to the gums and supporting structures.

In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), professional dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene practices at home may be sufficient to reverse the condition and restore gum health. However, in more advanced stages of gum disease (periodontitis), periodontal therapy can help manage the disease, prevent further progression, and preserve the remaining teeth and supporting structures. While periodontal therapy cannot fully reverse the damage caused by gum disease, it can effectively control the infection and improve oral health outcomes.

The duration of periodontal therapy varies depending on the severity of the gum disease and the specific treatments required. In mild cases of gum disease, a single session of deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) may be sufficient to address the condition. However, more advanced cases may require multiple appointments over several weeks or months to achieve optimal results. It’s essential to follow your dentist or periodontist’s recommendations for ongoing maintenance and periodontal care to prevent recurrence of gum disease.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

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Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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