Family Dentistry & Aesthetics office serving Mt. Pleasant, Goose Creek, Summerville, Moncks Corner, Hanahan, & Charleston SC

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Bacteria in dental plaque is the main culprit of periodontal disease. Although this sounds like just a dental issue, if left untreated, it can cause other medical problems such as a stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease or heart disease. 

Know the Signs 

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or floss? Do your gums feel or look swollen after brushing? These are signs of periodontal disease that should be seen and treated by a professional dentist right away. Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament or the alveolar. The earliest stage of this disease is gingivitis which only affects the gums.

Don’t Delay; Call Today

Our dental office specializes in several different types of periodontal therapy procedures, including gum grafting, periodontal plastic surgery, laser treatment, scaling and root planing, dental implants and crown lengthening surgery.
 
Prevent periodontal disease with daily brushing and flossing and by following a healthy diet. That’s all it takes. If you suspect you have periodontal disease, call our office or request an appointment online.

Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy

Over 75% of the U.S. adult population suffers from mild to severe periodontal disease. With the TwinLight™ Periodontal laser treatment, we can now offer you the most up to date solution available. If you suffer from periodontal disease, ask our friendly staff how you can benefit from this revolutionary treatment today!

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About Periodontal Disease

Do you have red, swollen or sensitive gums? Do you have constant bad breath? Have your gums slightly moved away from the teeth? Do your gums often bleed when brushing? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, there is a good chance that you have periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is the most common form of gum disease. It is caused by bacteria that reside in the oral cavity. Because the bacteria reproduce, plaque or tartar begins to form. If tartar is not cleaned regularly by your dentist, you develop gingivitis (swollen gums that bleed when you brush), and soon, this inflammation may extend to the bone under the gums (periodontal disease). If untreated it can cause tooth loss. Periodontal disease affects more than 80% of the population¹. Even more alarming is the fact that the vast majority of people are unaware they are showing the first signs of periodontal disease and visit their dentist only when the disease is already advanced. Periodontal disease is serious because it can be linked to health problems such as: cardiac and respiratory disease, low birth weight in newborn babies, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis.

Available Treatment

Conventional methods for treating periodontal disease involve cutting with a blade, aggressive scaling/root planing, and suturing; all of which may result in longer healing time and pain after the surgery.
Twinlight™ laser treatment of periodontal disease, on the other hand, is a much less invasive procedure resulting in quicker recovery time, has a higher rate of bacterial kill, no bleeding after the surgery, and less post-surgery pain.

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