Bleeding gums, also known as gingivitis, is often a sign of early-stage gum disease. In this stage, Dr. Hudgens is often above to restore gum health with conservative measures. However, when your gum disease begins causing more advanced symptoms including bad breath, gum recession, and inflamed or tender gum tissue, you may need periodontal disease treatment options to fully restore your smile from the harmful effects of bacteria buildup along your gum line.
Dr. Hudgens offers periodontal disease treatment options in our Charleston, SC dentist office. Learn more about our periodontal disease treatment options below.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Charleston, SC
Dr. Hudgens is an experienced restorative dentist in Charleston, SC. He has helped many patients restore their smiles from the harmful effects of gum disease using our periodontal disease treatment options. If caught early, gum disease can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning in which we remove any buildup surrounding your gum line. However, if your gum disease has progressed, we may need to offer you one of the following periodontal disease treatments via the scaling and root planing procedure.
What To Expect: Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective methods of removing infected tissue from your smile while also preventing future occurrences of gum disease. Using laser dentistry technology, our team safely removes any infected tissue from above and beneath your gum line. Root planing smooths the root surfaces, discouraging further buildup of tartar and bacteria, and encouraging reattachment of the gum to the tooth surfaces.
Patients may also be advised to take oral antibiotics to completely eliminate infection-causing bacteria following the scaling and root planing procedure.
If your gum disease has caused extensive damage to your soft tissues, oral surgery may be required to restore your smile. Soft tissue grafts may be used to generate healthy gum tissue. Dr. Hudgens can work with you to ensure you get the care you need at any phase in gum disease progression. However, we always recommend that patients try to see us at least twice a year for routine dental cleanings and exams to avoid the need for invasive gum restoration procedures.
Schedule An Appointment
Are you experiencing the signs and symptoms of gum disease? If so, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Hudgens as soon as possible. Gum disease, in its progressed stages, can only be treated by a professional dentist, and will often only get worse the longer it is left untreated. Please contact us for restorative dentistry care so that we may restore your smile.