Periodontal Procedures in Ladys Island
Sea Island Dentistry provides periodontal services in Ladys Island, South Carolina. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 843-271-6353 today.
What Are Periodontal Procedures?
Periodontal procedures treat and prevent problems with your gums. Gum disease, an infection of the gum tissue, is the most common periodontal condition. The goal of periodontal procedures is to improve the health of your gums by removing plaque and calculus that cause infection, repair the damage done, and prevent further damage.
Benefits of Periodontal Procedures
Periodontal procedures provide a variety of benefits, including:
- Treat gum disease. Periodontal procedures can treat existing gum disease by eliminating the cause of the infection and applying antibiotics to stop it.
- Prevent gum disease. Some periodontal procedures serve to prevent gum disease from occuring in the first place or from recurring after treatment.
- Improve the health of the support structures for the teeth. The support structures for your teeth include your gums, ligaments, and jaw bone. Periodontal procedures help these structures stay healthy and strong so your teeth are well supported.
- Improve appearance. Some periodontal procedures, such as gum contouring and gum grafting, can improve the appearance of your teeth so you can smile more confidently.
We provide the following periodontal procedures:
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is the process of removing calculus from the teeth and roots under the gum line. Root planing smooths the surface of your roots to eliminate places for bacteria to gather and help the gums attach more firmly to the teeth.
If any teeth are loose due to gum disease, periodontal splinting is done to provide support for the teeth.
This locally applied antibiotic treats gum disease at the source, providing strong antibacterial defense that continues to work for an extended time after treatment.
When there is excess gum tissue covering the teeth, a crown lengthening procedure can be performed to reduce the gums and expose more tooth structure.
Gum tissue can recede due to gum disease, leaving the teeth with less support than they need. Gum grafting replaces the gum tissue to provide more support.
The jaw bone can deteriorate due to gum disease or missing teeth. Bone grafting involves placing a bone fragment on top of the existing jaw bone to fortify it and encourage regeneration.
Sometimes called pocket reduction surgery, this procedure reshapes the jaw bone structure to make the tooth socket more shallow and less susceptible to bacterial infection.
The jaw bone can be encouraged to regenerate through the use of bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins.
Similar to a bone graft, ridge preservation helps to preserve bone structure after a tooth is extracted. Ridge preservation is a proactive technique to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Are You a Good Candidate for Periodontal Services?
If you’ve experienced gum disease that is recurring or that doesn’t respond to traditional methods of treatment, you may be a good candidate for periodontal services. You may need to go to the dentist more frequently for periodontal maintenance to keep gum disease at bay. Other periodontal procedures can repair the damage caused by gum disease and prevent it from recurring.
Why Choose Sea Island Dentistry?
At Sea Island Dentistry we understand that it can be difficult to maintain good oral hygiene habits at home, and that even when you do, gum disease can still be present. We provide the treatment and procedures you need to have a healthy mouth in a judgment-free environment. No matter how long you may have gone without dental treatment, we will meet you where you are and provide the necessary assistance you need.
Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Procedures
Learn More About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease can be treated at each stage, but if left untreated, gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. Consistent oral hygiene at home, along with regular dental appointments for cleanings and check-ups are the key to preventing periodontal disease.Learn More About the Stages of Periodontal Disease