Your gums are just as important to a healthy smile as your teeth. If bacteria gets into your gumline, it can result in gum diseases. Left untreated, this disease can endanger your teeth.
Our Murrells Inlet, SC dentists and capable staff at The Smile Center will look for signs of gum disease during your dental exams. And they’ll remove bacteria-filled plaque from your mouth with a thorough dental cleaning.
If they find signs of advanced gum diseases, they may recommend a two-part deep-cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing.
How We Treat Gum Diseases
In its earliest stages, we treat this with a thorough dental cleaning, removing the bacteria-filled plaque from your teeth and gums. If bacteria has gotten under your gumline, it creates “pockets” that cause your gums to begin to separate from your teeth. At this stage, we’ll treat you with a two-part deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.
During this process, we:
- Clean out the bacteria both above and under your gums
- Smooth your tooth surfaces to make it tougher for plaque to attach
In addition, we apply Arestin® antibacterial medication to keep gum disease from spreading.
Why Is Gum Disease Such a Big Deal?
Gum disease is problematic for two reasons:
- So many people get it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of American adults have some form of gum disease.
- In its advanced stages, it can cause extensive dental damage. In its earliest stages, gum disease gives you tender gums. If not treated, though, it can cause bone and tissue damage that results in tooth loss.
Are your gums tender and bleeding? Call The Smile Center so our dentists can check you out. Call 843-492-5026 for Georgetown, SC or 843-491-5353 for Murrells Inlet, SC. Or use our handy online form to make an appointment.