Greenwood area dentist offers treatment for all stages of gum infection
You hear about it from your dentist, and on toothpaste commercials. You hear about the ways to avoid it. But what do you do when you have been diagnosed with gum disease? Is there an effective treatment for this infection that can bring the smile back to health? If you live in the Greenwood, SC area and want to learn more about periodontal treatment to address gum disease, we welcome you to call Dr. Christopher Griffin today to book an evaluation.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, referred to by our team as periodontal disease, is an infection that starts in the soft tissues of the mouth. It begins when bacteria form due to poor oral hygiene habits. When patients do not brush and floss, they are putting themselves at risk of developing periodontal disease. Once it begins, it can only be controlled, not cured. It is 100 percent preventable for those who maintain routine dental visits and take care of their teeth and gums.
Gum disease can spread throughout the mouth, resulting in the loss of soft tissues, bone, and teeth. The condition also causes inflammation elsewhere in the body, as the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and be carried to other organs. Patients with periodontal disease are also at a higher risk of strokes, heart attacks, and other serious medical problems due to the infection spreading.
How is gum disease treated?
There are a few ways to treat gum disease:
Cleaning – in the earlier stage, known as gingivitis, thorough cleaning by the dental staff removes tartar and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth and gums.
Antibiotics – periodontal disease is an infection that often requires antibiotics to control. Antibiotics are either applied directly to the teeth and gums or are taken orally through prescription medications. Sometimes, our dental team will combine both for optimum results.
Scaling and root planing – another thorough cleaning is scaling and root planing, which removes bacteria from the surfaces of the tooth roots. This can help in controlling the infection and spread of gum disease elsewhere in the body.
Obtain quality periodontal care with Dr. Christopher Griffin If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and want to work with a team of professionals to restore the health of the smile, now is the time to work with our Greenwood, SC dentist. Call the practice at (864) 229-2610 and visit at 150 West Cambridge Ave