Dentist in Charleston, SC area describes the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease
At Mouth Carolina Dentistry, Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his staff understand the importance of a beautiful, healthy smile. When patients are faced with problems such as periodontal disease, they may want to work with a dentist who has experience in providing prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this and many other conditions. Patients in the area of Charleston, SC are encouraged to learn about the advantages of dental care in our practice.
Periodontal disease explained
While many patients have heard of periodontal disease, they may not be completely sure what the condition is. Periodontal disease is also referred to as gum disease. The condition is an infection that starts on the gum tissue and becomes a serious problem if not treated as soon as it develops. The infection can affect not only the soft tissues of the mouth, but also the bone of the jaw and the teeth. Additionally, due to the oral systemic connection, periodontal disease can impact the rest of the body, as the bacteria from the infection can carry through the bloodstream and cause infections that can contribute to the risk of heart disease, strokes, and even diabetes. Because of the seriousness of periodontal disease, we provide prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in our practice.
- Prevention – periodontal disease is a condition that is generally avoidable. When patients are proactive about their dental care, they are reducing their risks of developing periodontal disease in the first place! Prevention is important and involves brushing and flossing after every meal. It also includes visiting the dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and examination. Patients who monitor their oral health and wellness will have fewer problems with their smiles overall, which can also result in fewer appointments and less cost for dental services.
- Diagnosis – a diagnosis of periodontal disease is needed before any type of treatment can be performed. Diagnosis may involve a physical evaluation at our dental practice, as well as x-rays to look at the health of the bone and the teeth. Periodontal disease is often noticed by the dentist first. Problems such as persistent bad breath, red gum tissues, and bleeding while brushing and flossing are often the first indicators that a problem is starting. At this point, patients can receive a proper diagnosis when they arrive in our practice and can then discuss treatment options.
- Treatment – the type of treatment needed for periodontal disease will vary, depending on the stage the condition has reached. The earlier stage, known as gingivitis, is easily reversed with a thorough cleaning. Cleanings can remove the bacteria quickly that may have developed on the teeth and gums. Later stages of periodontal disease, known as periodontitis, may be addressed with a procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a more invasive cleaning that is performed. At any point in time, a dentist may recommend antibiotics. Antibiotics can be applied to the teeth and gums directly, or may be taken as oral medication. These are prescribed by the dentist. Antibiotics can help control the infection and keep it from spreading.
What about tooth decay?
Another concern that can develop in conjunction with periodontal disease is tooth decay. Cavities can have a negative impact on the smile as well. Both tooth decay and periodontal disease can be caught early enough for successful intervention when patients maintain their preventative, routine evaluations and cleanings with Dr. Andrew Greenberg.
Schedule an appointment today!
The team of Mouth Carolina Dentistry believe in providing quality services for patients who are interested in achieving and maintaining their oral health and wellness. If you are in the area of Charleston, SC and are ready to learn about the advantages of quality dentistry, we welcome you to book an appointment with Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his staff. Call (843)751 4262 today and visit the office at Suite 302 at 3 Gamecock Avenue. We encourage patients to make an appointment and undergo routine evaluations to monitor their oral health and to get early intervention of problems such as tooth decay or periodontal disease before they become a serious issue! We welcome new patients for care in our state-of-the-art facility.