When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, the focus often lands on teeth. However, your gums play a pivotal role in oral health, serving as the foundational support for your teeth. Neglecting gum health can lead to serious dental issues, including periodontal disease and tooth loss. This underscores the necessity of consulting a skilled periodontist, who specializes in the health of gums and the diseases that affect them. In this blog post, we’ll explain why it’s crucial to choose a skilled periodontist office such as the Atlanta Center for Advanced Periodontics for your gum health.

Understanding periodontics

Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth, primarily focusing on inflammatory diseases that impact these structures. Periodontists undergo rigorous training — completing three additional years of education beyond dental school — to master techniques for diagnosing, treating, and preventing periodontal disease. They are also trained in the placement and maintenance of dental implants.

Why choose a skilled periodontist?

1. Comprehensive expertise in gum health

Beyond their general dental training, periodontists receive specialized training in the latest methodologies for treating gum disease. This expertise is crucial for effectively managing complex cases and for performing intricate procedures that general dentists may not be qualified to handle.

2. Advanced treatment options

From non-surgical therapies like scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to surgical treatments such as flap surgery and soft tissue grafts, periodontists offer a wide range of treatments. They utilize state-of-the-art technology, including laser treatment and microscopic surgery, which can lead to better outcomes and less discomfort for patients.

3. A focus on preventative care

Periodontists emphasize the importance of preventative measures to forestall the onset or progression of periodontal disease. Regular screenings and cleanings at a periodontist’s office can help catch symptoms early, potentially saving patients time, discomfort, and money in the long run.

4. Customized dental implant solutions

Dental implants are the closest prosthetic to natural teeth, and periodontists specialize in their placement. Their deep understanding of oral anatomy allows them to tailor implant solutions that are highly functional and aesthetic.

5. Holistic approach to oral health

Periodontists are keenly aware of how gum health impacts overall health. They work closely with patients to manage gum disease, which is linked to other chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory ailments.

Choosing the right periodontist

Credentials and experience

Verify the periodontist’s qualifications, ensuring they are board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology. Look into their experience, especially with cases similar to yours.

Technology and techniques

Advanced technology, such as digital x-rays, 3D imaging, and computer-guided implant surgery, indicates a practice committed to delivering the best outcomes.

Patient reviews and testimonials

Patient testimonials can provide insights into the periodontist’s approach and success rates. Look for feedback about the practitioner’s ability to handle complex cases and their bedside manner.

Comfort and communication

Choose a periodontist who makes you feel comfortable and is willing to spend time discussing your condition and treatment options. Effective communication is crucial for successful treatment and patient satisfaction.

Meet our expert periodontists at the Atlanta Center for Advanced Periodontics

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Dr. Brock Pumphrey

Dr. Brock James Pumphrey, a native of Atlanta, is a key figure at the Atlanta Center for Advanced Periodontics. After obtaining his dental degree from The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Dr. Pumphrey honed his skills through three additional years of specialized training in Periodontics and dental implant surgery. His quest for excellence didn’t stop there; he furthered his education by completing four advanced courses at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, earning a diploma and the prestigious title of Master Clinician.
Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery, Dr. Pumphrey brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to both our Midtown Atlanta and Roswell offices. He is deeply committed to integrating the latest technology and techniques in his practice, ensuring that each patient receives the highest standard of care. An active participant in the dental community, Dr. Pumphrey contributes to various trade journals and leads several study clubs, enhancing the practice of periodontics far beyond the confines of his office.
When not in the clinic, Dr. Pumphrey is an avid supporter of Atlanta and Florida State sports, enjoys outdoor activities like fishing and tennis, and treasures time with his wife Cristina, and their children, Brock Jr. and Pierce.

Dr. Davis

Dr. Davis, another esteemed member of our team, brings a compassionate approach coupled with a rigorous academic background to the Atlanta Center for Advanced Periodontics. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where she was recognized for her exceptional clinical performance in periodontics with the Quintessence Award.
Following her graduation, Dr. Davis completed a three-year specialty residency in Periodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, acquiring skills in a variety of procedures from cosmetic gum surgery to complex bone augmentation. She is currently a board candidate with the American Board of Periodontology and remains actively involved with several professional organizations.
Outside the office, Dr. Davis enjoys exploring culinary arts, traveling, and immersing herself in the cultural scene of Atlanta with her daughter Penelop, and their golden retriever, Fenway.

Choose Atlanta Center for Advanced Periodontics

Maintaining healthy gums is essential for overall oral health and well-being. Choosing the right periodontist can lead to better dental outcomes and a healthier, more vibrant smile. At the Atlanta Center for Advanced Periodontics, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care that meets the unique needs of each patient.

Whether it’s your first visit or you’re a returning patient, Dr. Pumphrey, Dr. Davis, and our entire team are here to ensure you receive the best possible treatment outcomes in a welcoming environment. With their specialized training and commitment to comprehensive care, our periodontists are invaluable partners in your oral health journey. Contact us to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards healthier gums and a brighter smile. Remember, your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.