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.

Our Happy Customers

"I have nothing but fantastic things to say about this practice. The entire office is just phenomenal - everyone is warm, welcoming, personable, and very customer service oriented. They all remember you when you come in, they engage in friendly conversation and above all, strive to make you feel comfortable. Dr. Prescott is simply wonderful and there is nothing bad that I can say about my experiences with him. My husband and children are also patients, and although we relocated from Fort Mill,SC to Waxhaw, NC it is totally worth the drive to continue under Dr. Prescott's care. I've even referred several of my new neighbors to the practice... they all thought I was nuts to be referring them so far down the road. After their visits, they all raved about Dr. Prescott and his staff and thanked me for referring them. BTW - my kids are 14, 15 and almost 4. Dr. Prescott & team finds a way to connect with each of them despite the age differences. My youngest had his first cleaning here and can't wait to go back to the "mouth doctor"!!"

Kimiko S.

"We got an email and text message reminding me of appointments for my family. We have had great service here and would recommend to anyone. Small, family friendly and clean. "


"Dr. Prescott gave me whiter and cleaner teeth. I never had problems with scheduling a visit and talking to the staff. Great service! "

Knight O

"Dr. Jason Prescott did an excellent job in retaining my beautiful teeth. I can't thank him enough!"

James K.

"Friendly and accommodating. They are the best clinic in our area. "

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