Mt. Pleasant Periodontic offers an array of periodontic services that will meet all your oral health needs. We offer routine care, comprehensive oral exams, periodontal specialized services, and more. From surgeries to laser treatments we utilize advanced technology and modern treatment options.
During this exam, Dr. Morris focuses on your immediate needs and concerns and then develops a plan to help you achieve a healthy mouth. A periodontal assessment includes an examination of all aspects of your mouth as well as of the temporomandibular joint, head, and neck. The oral exam includes an evaluation of your gums, supporting bone, teeth, bite, and a cancer screening of the soft tissue of the tongue, cheeks, and throat. You will receive the dedicated time of 60-90 minutes during which all information for a diagnosis is gathered including photographs, x-rays if needed, and detailed measurements to develop an individual treatment plan.
Preventive dentistry is dental care that helps maintain good oral health. It's a combination of regular dental check-ups along with developing good habits like brushing and flossing. Taking care of your teeth starts early in childhood and extends throughout the course of your life
Scaling and Root Planning
In the early stages of periodontal disease, the best treatment option is typically non-surgical care. Plaque that forms on your teeth can become hard and turn into calculus or “tartar” above and below the gums. This tartar creates swelling, redness and bleeding. Dr. Morris and her trained staff can remove the hard deposits to allow your gums and bone to heal. This procedure, called Scaling and Root Planing, is often accomplished with local anesthetics so there is no discomfort and you can return to your normal routine following the appointment. Antibiotics may be needed to help your body’s immune system heal properly. Afterward, you will be shown proper technique for preventing the build-up of new plaque and calculus to maintain a healthy mouth.
Patients are often unaware when they clench and grind their teeth. Teeth can wear, shift, and chip away with the forces. The stress can exacerbate bone loss from periodontal disease and limit the healing response. When a patient is in need of bite therapy, Dr. Morris adjusts the teeth to improve their bite and makes a bite guard to protect the teeth, gum, and bone from excess pressure.
Bite guards are made of durable acrylic and cover the biting surfaces of one dental arch. Our bite guards are customized to the unique bite of each patient, unlike the over-the-counter bite guards which are bulky and uncomfortable in comparison. These over-the-counter “boil and bite” guards can actually increase muscle activity which can lead to more joint problems. With the use of a custom acrylic guard, patients are often surprised at the level of comfort when their jaws, teeth and muscles are no longer stressed. This can prevent damage to the teeth as well as protect the supporting bone and ligaments of the teeth.
Periodontal disease is often referred to as a “silent disease”, in that the patient rarely is aware of infection. This being said, continued monitoring by Dr. Morris is essential to maintaining periodontal health. This is a shared responsibility with the patient’s general dentist, with alternating visits typically every 3 months. During the hour appointment, the hygienist cleans the teeth with ultrasonic scalers and small instruments and polishes the teeth. Support is offered to help the patient learn how to brush and clean between their teeth. Dr. Morris will examine the teeth and gums for any signs of recurring infection. Early recognition of disease can prevent additional bone loss and tooth loss.
Call our friendly staff today at Mt. Pleasant Periodontics and set up an appointment for a routine service or consultation to improve your dental health. Our staff is happy to help and put you on the right track to optimal dental wellness.
In order to alleviate anxiety, Dr. Morris offers nitrous oxide, oral and intravenous sedation.
In the early stages of periodontal disease, the best treatment option is typically non-surgical care. Plaque that forms on your teeth can become hard and turn into calculus or “tartar” above and below the gums. This tartar creates swelling, redness and bleeding. The trained staff can remove the hard deposits to allow your gums and bone to heal. This procedure, called Scaling and Root Planning, is often accomplished with local anesthetics so there is no discomfort, and you can return to your normal routine following the appointment. Antibiotics may be needed to help your body’s immune system heal properly. Afterward, you will be shown a proper technique for preventing the build-up of new plaque and calculus to maintain a healthy mouth.
Gum recession often happens in areas where there is inadequate gum, which often results in an “exposed” root. This root is often sensitive to cold and dental cleaning. An exposed root is a root that is not protected by the enamel and conducts painful stimuli to the nerve of the tooth. The root often is darker in color and notched at the gum line. Exposed roots have more risk for decay and without treatment, the root can become even more exposed. Dr. Morris uses gum grafting to protect the root as well as to provide stronger gum support. The donor gum is obtained from a tissue bank or from the patient. Better root protection, less sensitivity, improved appearance and ease of cleaning are the goals of this procedure.
This procedure allows for the replacement of missing teeth or supporting full arch prosthesis, such as dentures and hybrids. Implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Surgically facilitated orthodontics therapy (SFOT) is a procedure that can decrease treatment time for orthodontic care allowing for faster tooth movement. The addition of bone grafting can also aid in tooth movement and position.
This procedure involves removing tissue or bone covering an impacted tooth enabling the tooth to be moved into your beautiful smile! We work closely with your dentist or orthodontist to coordinate your individualized treatment plan.
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