Gum disease is one of the most serious dental conditions affecting patients of all ages. It is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been linked to multiple other chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, premature birth and low birth weight. At our Columbia, SC dental office, we focus on managing periodontal health through preventive care and conservative treatments that stop the spread of gum disease and improve oral health.
Dr. Trinkner works with patients on an individual basis to address their unique risk factors for gum disease and educate them on the benefits of maintaining gum health for overall physical well-being. Healthy gums support healthy teeth. Left untreated, gum disease weakens the gum tissue and can affect the integrity of the teeth.
About Gum Disease
Everyone is at risk for gum disease, though some have a higher risk because of family history, health factors or other reasons. There is a broad spectrum of periodontal disease, ranging from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) to periodontitis (disease of the gum, bone and other support structures of the tooth).
Gum disease is known as a silent disease because many patients do not experience any obvious signs or symptoms until advanced stages. It is important that patients visit the dentist at least twice a year so that Dr. Tinkner can screen for evidence of gum disease. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Sore gums or bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth, changes to the fit of the bite or dentures
- Bad breath
Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Trinkner offers several treatment options for gum disease, depending on your symptoms. In our Columbia, SC dental office, we use ultrasonic tools that deliver treatment that is highly conservative as well as comfortable. Ultrasonic scaling tools are used to remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum without harming gum tissue or tooth enamel.
Patients who have advanced gum disease (periodontitis) may be referred to a periodontist for more intense treatment or surgery. Dr. Trinkner will work with the periodontist to coordinate a treatment plan that will treat the gum disease and then restore teeth that have been lost or damaged by disease in his Columbia, SC office.
Cosmetic Gum Surgery
A beautiful smile has beautiful teeth as well as beautiful, healthy gums. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile or if you have a “gummy” smile, Dr. Trinkner may recommend a gum lift to reshape the gums and enhance the look of the smile. Also known as crown lengthening, this type of procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.