Periodontal Disease

Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontists specialize in the treatment and surgery of this area, which is often characterized by gum disease. Plaque is the most common element causing gum disease.

Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental check-ups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodintitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease.

Common problems associated with gum disease:

  • “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
  • Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
  • Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
  • Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
  • Tooth loss or tooth movement

The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.

Periodontal Surgery

Patients who are at risk for losing teeth to periodontal disease show improved prognosis for keeping their teeth following periodontal surgery. With periodontal surgery, we remove the diseased tissues in the periodontal pocket and on the root surface of the tooth.

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Mayur M. Patel DDS, MS

  • Carolina Center for Restorative Dentistry - 682 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 102, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Phone: 843-849-9044

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