Periodontist | Gum Disease Treatment | Lynn Haven, FL | Panama City Beach, FL

Lynn Haven, FL | 850-271-2341

Panama City Beach, FL | 850-271-0045

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The Bay Smile Docs provides professional periodontal services essential for improving patients’ overall dental health. Periodontal means "around the tooth." Periodontal disease (periodontitis and gum disease) is an inflammatory dental condition that affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth which may eventually affect the jawbone in the more advanced stages of the disease.

Essential periodontal services

Patients practicing regular overall dental health maintenance, by visiting their dentist and hygienist on a regular basis, help decrease their likelihood of a periodontal disease. The Bay Smile Docs is a preventative dental health practice.

Avoid periodontal disease with regular care

Schedule an appointment with The Bay Smile Docs for your smile's sake!



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Dr. Miller, Periodontist

Gingivitis Creates Unhealthy Dental Conditions


Dr. Miller, Periodontist, informs patients that gingivitis is the mildest and most common form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis are toxins that are in plaque and leads to periodontal disease, and if gingivitis goes unchecked, it can lead to serious periodontal disease. The Bay Smile Docs is a preventative maintenance dental practice helping patients know and understand the need for implementing healthy dental preventative actions.


We understand that gingivitis is a common dental condition and we have the dental expertise to take action in treating gingivitis in the most careful and advanced fashion. It is important that patients with gingivitis schedule an appointment with The Bay Smile Docs to address their gingivitis issues.


Periodontal Disease Creates Unhealthy Dental Conditions


Unfortunately, there are a multitude of varieties of periodontal diseases. All of them require immediate attention by a Periodontist to halt the progression as well as to save the gum tissue and bone.


Dr. Miller, Periodontist, is experienced in treating all the different types of periodontal diseases. He has listed some of the different types of periodontal diseases as noted below:


  • Chronic Periodontal Disease:

Chronic Periodontal Disease is the most common of all the Periodontal Disease types and occurs more frequently with people over the age of forty-five, although, it is seen in all ages depending upon the oral health practices of the person. One can notice chronic periodontal disease as it is best portrayed by an inflammation below the gum line and the progressive destruction of the gingival and bone tissue. If you notice these signs, it is very important that you call and schedule an appointment so we can create a treatment plan to resolve these periodontal disease issues.


  • Aggressive Periodontal Disease:

One can notice with Aggressive Periodontal Disease that there is an aggressive rapid loss of gum attachment. Dr. Miller, Periodontist, informs patients that Aggressive Periodontal Disease is similar to Chronic Periodontal Disease, but much more aggressive. If you are experiencing any type of gum soreness, gum redness, etc., it is very important that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller.


  • Periodontal Disease Related to Systemic Conditions:

Periodontal Disease can be a symptom of a disease or condition affecting the rest of the body. Depending upon the underlying condition, the disease can behave like Aggressive Periodontal Disease, working rapidly to destroy gum tissue. We find that heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease are the most common cofactors, although, there are many more. Dr. Miller, Periodontist, will be pleased to discuss with you any and all types of periodontal diseases and recommend a treatment plan that is best suited for your condition.


  • Necrotizing Periodontal Disease:

This form of disease worsens and is more prevalent among people who suffer from HIV, immunosuppression, malnutrition, chronic stress or one who chooses to smoke. Tissue death, which is necrosis, frequently affects the periodontal ligament, gingival tissues and alveolar bone.

Dr. Miller is a periodontist in Lynn Haven and Panama City Beach, FL. Periodontists emphasize the health and function of the supportive structures of the teeth. Dr. Miller has a special interest in all phases of dental implant surgery. He is an honors graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, completed his dental degree at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, and a certificate in periodontology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia.


Professional memberships include: The American Academy of Periodontology, The Southern Academy of Periodontology, and The American Dental Association. Dr. Miller was honored by the Straumann Dental Implant Company to be selected as one of their clinical advisory board members and has served as such since the group's inception. He is the only member for Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Miller has long been a strong voice for the Advancement of Dental Implant Knowledge Utilization. He has been a postdoctoral instructor at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and has given many continuing educational lectures on periodontal and dental implants.


Dr. Miller is a native of Alabama and resides in Port St. Joe, Florida. He practiced in Dothan, AL for 25 years and is excited to now be serving the Florida Panhandle. Along with his wife Kim and their wonderful dog Hemi, John spends most of his spare time fishing and exploring the beautiful waters of the "Forgotten Coast". Dr. Miller is also an Eagle Scout and proud member of Rotary International.


Dental implants serve as the artificial root placed in the jawbone through an implant process by our Periodontist, Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller will be happy to discuss whether you're an ideal candidate for an implant, and also explain the four steps in the dental implant procedure:

  • Incision in gum to gain access to jawbone

  • Bone is prepared for the implant

  • Implant inserted in jawbone

  • Gum is suchered

- Osseointegration – the period of healing for the jawbone. 3-8 month healing period.

- Attachment of the restoration or new tooth.

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Implant Types 

Dr. Miller will be pleased to discuss with you the opportunities you may have for a dental implant and the different types of dental implants.  

  • Root implant

  • Plate form implant

  • Subperiosteal implant

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Periodontal Disease

Diseased Gums

Healthy Gums

Recognizing Gum Condition

One can recognize if they have gingivitis or an advanced stage of periodontal disease by noting some of the symptoms, as noted below.  And, if one has any of these symptoms are apparent, we recommend scheduling an appointment with The Bay Smile Docs as soon as possible.  Our dentists, periodontists and hygienist staff will be pleased to welcome you and help resolve your dental issues.

  • Bad Breath

  • Swollen Gums

  • Bleeding Gums

  • Difficulties with Chewing

  • Pain with Chewing

  • Teeth Sensitivity

  • Tooth Loss


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Surgeon On-Site

We have a surgeon on-site.  A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.  Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas through three extra years of educational training beyond dental school.  Bay Smile Docs surgeon offers a wide range of treatments on-site in both our Lynn Haven and Panama City Beach locations.