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Gum Disease Treatments - Columbia, SC

Treat Your Gums, Save Your Smile

Is Oral Health Connected to Overall Health?

Yes! As the gateway to the rest of your body, your mouth can affect your overall health. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that spreads when disease-causing bacteria in your gums spread throughout your body. If left untreated, this chronic inflammation can exacerbate other conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. In some cases, it has even been linked to pregnancy complications like low birth weight babies. But don’t forget about your oral health, too. As the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, gum disease can also have significant adverse effects on your oral health leading to bone loss and gum recession as well. The best way to stay ahead of this condition is by receiving regular dental care from a qualified clinician. Our experienced team at Bela Family Dentistry is skilled in identifying the early signs of gingivitis and gum disease in Columbia, SC and effectively treating it. If you’ve already noticed symptoms or have been diagnosed with gum disease, look no further. We can help you fight this progressive disease and restore your mouth to optimal health with modern gum disease treatments!

Identifying Signs of Gum Disease

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Healthy Gums = Healthy Smile

As the foundation of your teeth, your bone and gums keep your teeth securely in place. When bacteria accumulate, it first harms your gums, then your bone before reaching your teeth. No matter what stage of gum disease you’re in, we offer surgical and non-surgical treatment to fight gum disease, restore your health, and maintain your functional and esthetic smile. Our non-surgical treatment involves cleanings, antibiotics, and dental scaling to strategically attack bacteria on all sides. Our ultrasonic scalers vibrate at a high speed to efficiently reach below the gumline and eradicate plaque and bacteria. For more advanced gum disease cases, we offer osseous surgery to remove damaged tissue and reach even deeper within periodontal pockets to remove harmful hidden bacteria. Whether an early or late stage of gum disease, we’ll create a treatment plan that helps restore your oral health and save your smile.

Our Gum Disease Treatments

Scaling and Root Planing
During the early stages of gum disease, this non-surgical treatment may be all you need. We start by removing plaque and bacteria accumulation on the teeth below the gumline in a process called scaling. Then through the next phase, planing, we smooth tooth roots and encourage reattachment of healthy gum tissue.
Osseous Surgery
If your gum disease has progressed, we’ll offer osseous surgery in-office at our Sandhills location. After removing diseased gum tissue, we rebuild degraded bone, and clear the teeth and periodontal pockets of bacteria-releasing plaque buildup.
Periodontal Maintenance
After gum disease has progressed, without proper maintenance there’s a chance it will return. We maintain your oral health by performing a more thorough “deep” cleaning every 3-4 months. During this visit, we’ll clear the plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth and between the pockets, eliminating the chance that gum disease will make a return visit.

Don’t wait!

Save your smile today.