When it comes to preventing periodontal disease (gum disease), your best defense is excellent oral health and regular dental visits. However, if you develop the condition, your prosthodontist in Mt. Pleasant, SC provides treatment to restore you to better oral health. Dr. Mayur Patel also uses the latest and gentle technologies to make the treatment that much easier.
Signs of Gum Disease
The early signs of gum disease can be subtle, which is why visiting your prosthodontist is so important. With regular checkups, Dr. Patel can spot precursors to gum disease like gingivitis. In the gingivitis stage, the condition is still reversible.
Gum disease means deep infections in the ligaments and tissues that support your teeth.
Signs of gingivitis and gum disease:
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that does not improve with brushing and flossing
- Tooth sensitivity that may worsen with hot or cold
- Bleeding gums, especially during your brushing and flossing routine
- An elongated appearance to teeth as gum tissue recedes
- Loose teeth as gum pocketing and recession progress
Of course, you may not have all of these symptoms—and sometimes, you don’t notice any changes at all. So, if it’s been a while since you visited your prosthodontist, make an appointment today.
The Role of Preventive Dentistry and At-Home Care
Besides catching periodontal disease in the gingivitis stage, regular dental visits—especially teeth cleanings—rid your teeth of the plaque and tartar that promote gum disease. We recommend two dental checkups per year for the best results and to significantly lower your risks.
It’s important to brush and floss at least twice per day between dental visits—more often if you indulge in sweets or acidic foods and drinks. And you should always clean your teeth before going to bed for the night.
Gentle Periodontal Treatment in Mt. Pleasant, SC
Dr. Patel customizes your periodontal treatment to give you the best results possible. For some patients, this means recommendations for at-home care along with specialized teeth cleanings in our prosthodontic office.
In some cases, specialized treatments are necessary to save your teeth and prevent systemic health complications involving the heart and other body systems. These treatments are called scaling and planing (deep cleanings below the gumline).
Dr. Patel also uses laser dentistry because it is less invasive and promotes faster recovery. With the precision laser, we can treat infection within precise margins. All of this means less bleeding (sometimes no bleeding) and easier treatment all around.
We Treat Gum Disease with Compassion
The Carolina Center for Restorative Dentistry team understands that gum disease treatment can leave you feeling embarrassed or uneasy. Our compassionate team will work together to make you feel comfortable and safe when under our care.
Reach out today to schedule your preventive exam and teeth cleaning in Mt. Pleasant, SC.