Periodontal disease is more common than you might think. In fact, one in every four people who live in South Carolina suffer from some form of the disease. It could be minor (gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease), or it could be something more severe like periodontitis. Either way, Dr. Carimi and our staff can help you prevent and treat this problematic dental condition with a variety of periodontal treatment options.
Periodontal Disease Signs and Symptoms
How do you know if you have periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is an infection, so the signs and symptoms for it are similar. If you have swollen or bleeding gums, that’s a good sign you might have periodontal disease. Excessive plaque and inflamed gums are additional signs, as is gum recession. Regardless of the severity, it’s important to address the cause for your periodontal disease and seek treatment.
Other Periodontal Disease Problems
Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your oral health, however. If you live in Charleston and one of the following describes you, you may be at high risk of developing another medical condition due to periodontal disease and should contact us soon for a gum evaluation:
- If you regularly smoke
- If you are overweight or frequently stressed
- If you get sick often (flu, cold, etc.)
- If you have a family history of heart disease, attack or stroke
- If you were born prematurely
- If you have a history or family history of diabetes or respiratory disease
Periodontal Disease Treatment
At Clements Ferry Dentistry, we offer several periodontal disease treatment options. If there is mild to moderate periodontal disease, you may need a procedure known as scaling and root planing to remove the bacterial buildup. If there is severe periodontal disease, you may need periodontal surgery to properly correct it. Clements Ferry Dentistry is also proud to offer advanced platelet-rich fibrin (A-PRF) as a treatment option for many periodontal and oral surgery procedures. We can give you a personalized treatment plan once you come in for an appointment.
Don’t put off your periodontal treatment! If you think you have periodontal disease, contact us today to schedule a consultation. (Also, be sure to ask about complimentary nitrous oxide!)