Dr. Joseph H. Wilbanks Honors Gum Disease Awareness Month, Teaches Gum Disease Complications in Toccoa, GA

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Dr. Joseph H. Wilbanks, with the Wilbanks Smile Center, is pleased to raise an understanding of Gum Disease Awareness Month by educating patients on the link between tooth loss and gum disease in Toccoa, GA.

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In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month this February, Dr. Joseph H. Wilbanks of the Wilbanks Smile Center is raising awareness among his patients with gum disease in Toccoa, GA of the dangers that have been linked to the condition, including tooth loss. Dr. Wilbanks sees firsthand the effects that gum disease can have on a smile, so he offers dental implants as a long-term solution that patients can be pleased with. These implants can help restore patients’ smiles without many of the side effects seen in other tooth replacement options.

Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss. Patients may put off receiving treatment for the condition due to dental anxiety, or fear of the treatment. In many cases, people simply ignore the symptoms of the disease as nothing out of the ordinary. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, a seemingly harmless swelling and bleeding of the gums. However, if left untreated, the condition can cause periodontitis, which creates pockets that form around the gums and cause loose, shifting and missing teeth.

One common option patients may use to regain their smiles after losing some or all of their teeth is dental implants, which Dr. Willman’s often recommends to qualifying patients. Dental implants are a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement option that can last for decades. Implants are made of three separate pieces, the implant, the crown and the abutment that joins the two. The implant is made of titanium, which binds to bone through osseointegration to create a strong, tooth-like bond with the jaw that can eliminate many of the issues seen with other tooth replacement options.

Patients with gum disease in Toccoa, GA, should seek treatment immediately. Those who would like more information about dental implants are invited to contact Dr. Wilbank’s office at (800) 884-9439 to schedule an appointment.

About the Doctor

Wilbanks Smile Center is a general practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Toccoa, Georgia. Dr. Joseph H. Wilbanks has been practicing in the area for 40 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and of the International Congress of Implantology. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of Cosmetic Dentists and is a member of the American Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Association. Dr. Wilbanks believes in continuing education and providing patients with latest techniques and technology. To learn more about Wilbanks Smile Center or Dr. Wilbanks visit their website at http://www.wilbankssmilecenter.com or call (800) 884-9439.

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