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Gum Disease Treatments - Aiken, SC

Protect Your Gums, Protect Your Health

Oral and Overall Health are Linked

Did you know your oral health is directly connected to your overall health? If your mouth has untreated infection, such as gum disease in Aiken, SC, bacteria can spread through your bloodstream and throughout your body. This chronic inflammation can exacerbate other diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke and has also been connected to low birth weight babies as well. As the leading cause of tooth loss in America, gum disease can also lead to irreversible damage to gum tissue and your jawbone. How can you prevent gum disease from spreading? Visit us regularly so we can catch warning signs before they turn into long-term symptoms. If you’re already experiencing common symptoms or you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, we can help you fight this progressive disease and restore your mouth to optimal health with customized, strategic, and effective gum disease treatment here at our Aiken, SC location of Bela Family Dentistry.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

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Custom Treatment for Lasting Results

The long-term effects of untreated gum disease are serious. Gum recession can lead to loosening teeth and malocclusion, or a misaligned bite. Infection can reach the jawbone causing the bone to degrade and recede which can then lead to tooth loss. These soft and hard tissues are essential to maintaining your oral health and maintaining complete function. At Bela Family Dentistry, we do everything we can to restore your complete oral health, that’s why we provide a variety of effective treatments tailored to the stage of gum disease you’re experiencing. We offer non-surgical gum disease therapy that removes bacteria through thorough cleanings, the application of antibiotics, and precise dental scaling. Our ultrasonic scalers vibrate at a very high speed to more efficiently clean the teeth below the gum line. This is often all patients need to restore their oral health. For more advanced stages of gum disease in Aiken, SC, treatment plans will include osseous surgery to remove damaged tissues as well as clean bacteria deep beneath the periodontal pockets and teeth. We know this can be an uncomfortable and confusing condition, that’s why we want to make treatment as easy as possible. Come in to receive a thorough assessment and a treatment plan customized to your unique needs.

Our Gum Disease Treatments

Scaling and Root Planing
The first, non-surgical step toward treating gum disease, scaling and root planing is an effective solution to the early stages of this condition. We start by removing plaque that has accumulated on teeth below the gum line (scaling). Next, we smooth the tooth roots (planing) to facilitate healthy gum tissue reattachment and block bacteria from collecting in the future.
Osseous Surgery
If you have advanced gum disease, osseous surgery can help. Treatment begins by removing diseased gum tissue. We then reshape or rebuild decayed or damaged bone by adding bone grafting material. Before closing the treatment site, we sanitize the area and remove plaque buildup that harbors disease-causing bacteria on the teeth and periodontal pockets.
Periodontal Maintenance
If your gum disease has progressed to advanced stages, in order to keep it from returning, even after surgery, you must return for regular periodontal maintenance cleanings. We perform a more thorough “deep” cleaning than a normal hygiene cleaning every 3-4 months to clear the plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth and between the periodontal pockets.

Preserve your gum health!

Book your gum disease consultation now.