Periodontal Disease Treatment
Loose teeth or gums that bleed are not normal and most often indicate the presence of periodontal (gum) disease. This type of infection is a serious problem for millions and has become the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
Gum disease can be avoided if you brush and floss and keep up with regular visits to our Inman, SC office for cleanings and exams. We’re committed to providing you with the education necessary to ensure your oral health and help you stay one step ahead of periodontal disease.
The Problem with Periodontal Disease
During the day, bacteria-filled plaque builds up between your teeth and under your gums. Without proper oral hygiene and regular preventive treatments, the bone around your teeth gradually recedes, opening up pockets between your teeth and gums. This causes the tooth to loosen over time, and it may eventually be lost.
Eliminating gum disease isn’t just important for a healthy mouth. Studies indicate that that a connection may also exist between periodontal disease and general health problems like heart and respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and even an increased risk of complications during pregnancy.
We Offer the Treatment You Need for Healthy Teeth
Regular preventive treatments like professional cleanings are essential for maintaining oral health. Our team takes prevention very seriously because we understand the part it plays in helping our patients stay one step ahead of dental problems. That is why we have all had specialized training to stay up to date with the latest in preventive and periodontal therapies.
When it comes to your personal oral hygiene, no matter how well you brush, you simply can’t reach all the places where plaque and tartar hide. During a preventive routine cleaning, one of our hygienists will clear away this material and check for signs of gum disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis and can usually be treated with a series of follow-up cleanings.
Periodontal Deep Cleaning
If we find signs of advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, our hygienist may recommend a deep cleaning treatment referred to as scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing focuses on gently removing plaque and tartar that attaches to the surface of your teeth, especially the area below the gumline. Root planing smoothes out irregular areas of the root surface and removes any remaining plaque.
After your deep cleaning, we will place an antibiotic called Arestin in the periodontal pockets around your teeth. Then we'll seal up the pockets with our comfortable laser. Before you leave, our knowledgeable hygienist will review proper oral hygiene practices and may also recommend frequent periodic cleanings to prevent infection from returning.
Fight Gum Disease with Prevention
Good at-home oral hygiene, combined with regular check-ups and cleanings at our Inman, SC dental office, significantly reduces the chance that you will develop gum disease. It’s far easier to follow these simple steps now and avoid the risk of more serious problems developing in the future.
The professional team at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry does everything possible to make each visit stress-free and enjoyable because we want you to feel good about keeping up with regularly scheduled dental care. No matter what your current dental needs are, you will always feel welcome here. We will go out of our way treat you with respect and provide the individualized attention you deserve.
Take Steps to Protect Your Oral Health
Is it time for your regular check-up and dental cleaning? Please contact our office to schedule a convenient appointment. We look forward to helping you protect your oral health so that you can enjoy your beautiful, healthy smile for many years to come!