Welcome to Carolina Avenue Dental Care, where Dr. Pipkin and Dr. Jaques are pleased to offer periodontal care for our patients who have gum disease in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. If gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis. While improved oral hygiene can restore gum health when it is in the mild stage, once it advances it is much more difficult to resolve.
Once plaque spreads below the gum line, the bacteria in plaque causes toxins to release which irritate your gums. These toxins cause the body to respond to constant inflammation as the tissue in the mouth and the bones supporting your teeth break down. If the gums pull back from the teeth, spaces form between your teeth and the gums and become infected. With time, these spaces (or pockets) become deeper as gum tissue and bone is destroyed. If the teeth loosen too much from periodontitis, they may have to be extracted.
Dr. Pipkin and Dr. Jaques and our skilled team treat periodontal disease in our patients by providing scaling and root planing to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and to stop the progression of periodontitis. In addition to scaling and root planing, we may also treat your periodontitis with antibiotic treatment.
Whether gum disease is caused by diabetes, genetics, stress, poor diet, or hormonal fluctuations, the key is intervention and early treatment. To keep your gums healthy, develop good oral health habits and see Dr. Pipkin or Dr. Jaques in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, regularly. To schedule your next visit, please call our team at Carolina Avenue Dental Care today at 843-899-5911. Together we can help you keep your smile healthy!