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Frequently Asked Questions

Can periodontal disease affect my overall health?

The short answer to this question is yes. When left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually increase your vulnerability to a range of serious health problems. Some of the most common include:

What’s the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Gingivitis is an early form of periodontal disease. Patients struggling with it may notice some bleeding when they brush, or they may experience some redness or inflammation. In other cases, though, there may be no visible symptoms at all. This is why routine care with a dentist is so essential. With your dentist’s advanced training, gingivitis can often be diagnosed and reversed very simply.

Periodontitis, on the other hand, is a more advanced form of periodontal disease. Patients struggling with it will require more advanced care, possibly even surgery. While gingivitis can often be reversed, periodontitis can only be controlled. It cannot be cured.

What are scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing are a pair of non-surgical procedures used to help patients remove bacterial plaque and tartar from pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums.

Do you offer any cosmetic services?

Yes, we do! Our Savannah office is happy to offer a cosmetic service known as esthetic crown lengthening.

When you look at your teeth in the mirror, do they seem short or stubby? The good news is they aren’t actually short; you just have too much gum tissue around your teeth. With esthetic crown lengthening, we can help you remove this tissue, unveiling a fuller and more confident smile.

Do you place implants?

Dr. Turner and Dr. O’Neill are proud to offer implant placement for patients in and around Savannah.

What if dental implants aren’t right for me?

While you may not currently be a candidate for dental implants, that doesn’t mean you never will be. With a sinus augmentation or another kind of bone grafting procedure, we can help patients restore essential bone tissue to their jaw, improving their candidacy for dental implants.

What’s the difference between traditional dental implants and All-on-4s?

Traditional implants are versatile enough to help patients replace everything from a single tooth to a full row of teeth. All-on-4s, on the other hand, are designed to replace just a full row of teeth using only four implants, two of which are inserted at an angle for added stability. Patients who are not candidates for treatment with traditional implants may be able to restore their smile with All-on-4s instead.

I’m nervous about my appointment. Do you offer sedation dentistry?

Yes, we do!  We offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation to help our patients have the most comfortable and relaxing treatment experience possible.

Do you offer laser therapy for periodontal disease?

Our Savannah office is proud to use the PerioLase dental laser to provide patients with efficient and non-invasive care for periodontitis.

Should I be screened for oral cancer?

We recommend routine oral cancer screenings for all patients, because in too many cases oral cancer isn’t diagnosed until it’s already reached a well-developed stage. At this point, a successful treatment is statistically unlikely. Our goal, with an oral cancer screening, is to diagnose the disease as early as possible, when a full recovery is more likely.

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