Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin of the Greenwood, South Carolina area is committed to assisting his patients in achieving healthy, attractive smiles. Using state-of-the-art equipment and some of the most modern techniques, he can help men and women with their oral health needs. When problems such as gum disease arise, it is important for patients to seek immediate assistance to reverse the condition and bring their smile back to health. This is essential for maintaining the gum tissue, bone structure, and natural teeth.
Gum disease can have a dramatic, negative effect on the smile. The condition begins as inflammation during the stage of gingivitis. This is the first appearance of gum disease, which can be easily treated with a deep professional cleaning with Dr. Griffin. This can help control the infection and address it without the use of medications or more invasive procedures.
However, when patients ignore the signs of gingivitis and do not address it with a dental professional, they are at risk for developing periodontitis, the later stages of gum disease. When periodontitis develops, the infection begins to cause the gum tissue to shrink, pulling away from the teeth. The bone of the jaw disintegrates, and natural teeth may lose their stability, become loose, and even fall out. This serious condition requires the help of Dr. Griffin, to treat. Treatment may require the use of antibiotics to control the infection and a procedure called scaling and root planning which removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from all surfaces of the teeth and gums.
The doctor strongly believes in preventative dentistry and encourages new and existing patients to take proper care of their smile to help avoid the development of periodontal disease in the first place. This can be done with brushing and flossing after every meal, along with regular visits with the dentist for examinations and cleanings to keep the teeth looking their best.
If you live in the Greenwood, South Carolina area and are ready to work with a quality dentist to address gum disease, Dr. Christopher T. Griffin can help. Contact him today to schedule a consultation visit.