If you want to make sure that you have healthy teeth and gums, you will want to make come to our dental practice on a regular basis to have professional teeth cleanings and dental exams. At Habersham Dental, our dentists stress the importance of preventive dental care. When you come in to see our Savannah dentist for a periodic checkup, you will also do well to have a teeth cleaning.
At our dental practice our top-notch dentists are: Dr. Lawrence Schmitz; Dr. Ryan Fulchi; Dr. Louis Reisman; Dr. Alice Booth; and Dr. Susan T. Smith. If it is determined during a periodic dental exam that you have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, our dentists will most likely recommend that you have several teeth cleanings over the coming months to make sure that your gums are able to return to excellent health. Our Savannah dentist will recheck your gums after these treatments are completed to ensure that your gums are healthy once again. Having healthy gums is very important if you want to make sure that your teeth stay healthy as well. This is because if gum disease spreads down to your jaw bone, teeth will begin to loosen and may even fall out.
Even with the very best at-home dental cleaning regimen, some plaque and bacteria will remain on teeth. When plaque is allowed to remain on teeth for even a short amount of time, tarter will develop. Tartar is a hard, mineralized substance which tightly adheres to teeth, and can only be removed using professional dental cleaning instruments. If tarter is allowed to remain on teeth, deep pockets will form between the gums and teeth. Infection will form in these deep pockets which will collect tartar, bacteria, plaque, and food debris. Once this happens, you will have gum disease. When you have mild to moderate gum disease it can be treated with a periodontal treatment of scaling and root planing. This treatment is performed while you remain in total comfort at our office. This treatment should help your gums to heal. Sometimes a second treatment of scaling and root planing is necessary. Our dentist may even want to continue this type of treatment on a periodic basis for prevention of future gum disease. For an appointment to meet with our Savannah dentist for a dental exam, or to have a teeth cleaning, contact us today.