Periodontal Treatments in Columbia, SC

If you’re experiencing painful, swollen, or bleeding gums, it could be a sign of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, causing tissue, bone, and tooth loss. You don’t have to push through the pain. At Bethea Family Dentistry, our highly skilled staff is trained to address periodontal issues with a comforting, judgment-free atmosphere! If you’re experiencing discomfort in your gums, call Bethea Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment!

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What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Some patients may experience few symptoms while others may experience several. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Swollen, puffy gums
  • Gums that appear bright red, dark purple, or otherwise bruised and inflamed
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing. You may even spit out blood after brushing or flossing.
  • Gums that have receded or appear to pull away from the teeth.
  • Persistent halitosis (bad breath)

Even if you aren’t experiencing any of these symptoms, regular exams and cleanings with your dentist are paramount in the early detection and treatment of gum disease and its symptoms.

What are the stages of gum disease?

The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. This stage is completely reversible with proper treatment. As the bacteria goes deeper beneath the gums, it advances into periodontitis. The more advanced the disease, the more difficult it becomes to reverse the damage.

What are the dental procedures to treat gum disease?

Scaling and root planing are commonly used to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. More severe damage may require other forms of treatment like laser therapy, pocket reduction surgery, and grafts.

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