Do you often see your gums swollen or bleeding? If yes, then the condition should not be ignored and you should get yourself immediately evaluated for the existence of periodontal disease. Our practice in Fort Mill SC offers modern solutions to control and treat gum disease at all stages. Bacteria, plaque and tartar that are allowed to breed in the mouth for a long time become a major cause for infection in the gums.
What first starts as an inflammation (called gingivitis), causing the gums to become red and swollen, may worsen if not treated in time. Gingivitis can be easily reversed with good oral health care practices such as regular brushing, flossing and a professional dental cleaning at our office in Fort Mill SC. Leaving gingivitis untreated can cause the infection to progress to the next stage, which is known as periodontitis. In this stage of gum disease, the toxins produced by harmful oral bacteria combined with the body’s natural response to infection cause breakdown of the gum lining, creating a gap between the gum and the teeth above. This is known as a periodontal pocket. Severe gum disease can cause the gums to recede, thereby weakening the teeth and eventually causing tooth loss.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Bad breath (also known as halitosis)
- Red or swollen gums
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Gum Recession
Periodontal Disease Treatment: A quality offering at our practice in Fort Mill SC
We offer comprehensive treatment for gum disease, both surgical and non-surgical
Non-surgical treatment: A procedure called scaling and root planing is performed, which involves deep cleaning (scaling) of the periodontal pockets under the effect of a local anesthetic. Tartar and plaque are cleaned from below and above the gum line and the rough spots on the tooth are smoothed out (root planing). Antibiotics may be prescribed after the procedure to prevent regrowth of bacteria at the site.
Surgical Treatments: For more advanced forms of periodontal disease, surgical treatments may be recommended. These include:
- Gum Graft Surgery: Gum grafts are used to cover exposed tooth roots or to aid the development of gum tissue caused by gum recession (which is an effect of periodontal disease)
- Regenerative Procedures: These procedures involve regeneration of lost tissues and bone supporting the teeth. They aid in the reversal of damage caused by periodontitis.
- Pocket Reduction: Pocket reduction surgery involves treatment of the deep pockets created due to gum disease by removal of bacteria and folding back the gum tissue, allowing it to reattach to the healthy bone.
- Laser Treatment: use of controlled lasers is known to treat periodontal disease
For more information on periodontal disease and its treatment, contact the office of Prescott Family Dentistry at (803) 306-7567. We are located on 936 Market Street, Suite 201, Fort Mill, SC 29708.