Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses primarily on the treatment and prevention of gum disease, as well as the placement of dental implants. Dr. John Hendricks of Lowcountry Dental Center in Bluffton, SC, offers periodontal therapy to prevent and treat the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
Dr. Hendricks has extensive training in implant dentistry. He places and restores dental implants in his Bluffton dental office.
Did You Know?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting 3 out of every 4 American adults.
Gum disease is a serious condition that can contribute to not only dental concerns, but other health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes.
Routine dental care is the best way to prevent gum disease. Your dental care routine should include daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist for professional dental cleanings and examinations.
Causes & Symptoms of Gum Disease
There is no single cause or factor for gum disease. Common causes may include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Genetic predisposition
- Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause
- Certain medications
- Teeth grinding
- Poor nutrition
Gum disease is considered a “silent disease” because many patients don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until advanced stages of the condition. Patients with gum disease may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Dr. Hendricks is one of few South Carolina dentists to specialize in dental implants. Dr. Hendricks performs the entire dental implant procedure in his Bluffton dental office, allowing him to provide comprehensive care and maximize comfort for patients.
Many dentists refer patients to a specialist to place the dental implant. Instead, Dr. Hendricks will place the dental implant and restore the artificial tooth using a dental crown, hybrid bridge or denture. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or an entire set of missing teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Don’t wait until it is too late. Prevention is the best way to fight gum disease. Contact South Carolina dentist Dr. John Hendricks at Lowcountry Dental Center in Bluffton to schedule your next visit to the dentist. Call us at 843-284-7340 or schedule an appointment online.