James S. Wilkerson DMD, PA
Cleaning & Exams
Dr. Wilkerson encourages periodic dental cleanings and examinations, because proper oral hygiene and regular professional dental care are the keys to proper function, comfort and a pleasing smile. Regular dental cleaning appointments typically take 20 to 60 minutes. A dental cleaning will remove hardened calculus from places your toothbrush cannot reach. That is why cleanings are recommended twice a year for people with good periodontal health and more frequently for patients with moderate and severe periodontal conditions. The two major stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.
What is gingivitis?
In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing. However, without thorough removal, toxins from plaque cause the disease process to continue. Gingivitis left untreated may worsen and develop into periodontitis.
What is periodontitis?
In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged. Whereas healthy gums and bone anchor teeth firmly in place, infected gums can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or have to be removed by a dentist. This can be treated with scaling and root planning. Scaling is the process where the tartar is scraped off from below and up above the gum line. Root planning is where the root is cleared of any coarse spots where germs and bacteria collect. Sometimes, is used to remove plaque and tartar which can decrease bleeding and pain following the treatment.
Our dental practice is currently accepting new patients and we accept most forms of dental insurance. If you are looking for a dental practice to provide high quality dental care for your entire family, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.