Dear Patients, 

We are so excited to see your smiling faces! We have missed the conversations, the laughter, and everything about our relationship with you. In your absence, we have been busy! Like every other place you visit, our office will look a little different when you arrive for your next appointment. 

During the week of May 4, we will begin reaching out to those of you who had appointments in the last few weeks which were cancelled. We anticipate resuming patient visits beginning the week of May 11. 

In an effort to kept you and our staff safe, we have implemented some new screening protocols to include checking temperature. We have re-arranged the patient waiting area to allow for significant space between patients as well as staggered scheduling of appointments. We have added filtration systems to our operatories. Upon arrival, you will be given the opportunity to wash your hands and use a specific mouth rinse to reduce bacterial load. Our team will also be dressed a little differently. Behind our masks are the same smiling faces that you have always known. 

As we reach out to you to reschedule lost appointments, please feel free to ask questions or express concerns to our team members. As before we are and will continue to be here to provide the safest, most exceptional dental care. 

All the best, 


Doctors Tal and Leah Wilkins

Gum Disease Treatment

Without treatment, gum disease undermines both the look and health of your smile.

Professional periodontal care not only eliminates pain and bleeding gums, but also prevents the need for more expensive treatment

How can we eliminate gum disease before it causes damage?

What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment?

Eliminating unpleasant symptoms.
By addressing the source of the problem, we can stop the most immediate side effects, from bleeding gums to bad breath.

Laying foundations for aesthetic results.
Once we have eliminated the risk to your oral health, you can focus on ensuring your smile looks as good as possible.

Minimizing cost.
The sooner gum disease is addressed, the less likely you are to need more expensive treatments, such as gum grafting surgery or dental implants.

Illustration of laser gum disease treatment

Periodontal Disease Is a Common Problem

Illustration demonstrating how common gum disease is in the US.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, you don't have to feel alone. Periodontal infections are an extremely common problem. According to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half the adult population in the US suffers from gum disease.

Comparison of gums affected by periodontal disease and healthy gums.

Your Health - and Your Money - Are at Stake

Professional treatment is the only reliable solution to eliminate gum disease. While many patients avoid dental care for as long as possible out of anxiety, untreated periodontitis has severe repercussions. The more advanced the condition, the more expensive treatment becomes. In all cases, gum disease results in bone loss around the roots, and in severe cases, teeth have to be extracted.

Depending on the severity of the case, your dentist may break up treatment over several appointments. 

If Routine Dental Maintenance Has Failed...

Scaling and root planing is the first line of attack against gum disease. Treatment is split into several steps: 

Removal of plaque from above and below gum line with specially designed instruments

Smoothing out tooth roots to remove potential footholds for future plaque buildup

Frequent checkups to monitor patient compliance and recovery

Early Treatment for a Healthier Smile

Because gum health is an integral part of your oral health, it is not usually possible to pursue other treatments without first addressing gum disease. Both restorative and cosmetic treatments require healthy gums for the best chance of success. 

Gum disease is a potentially dangerous problem with an easy solution. Every patient should attend regular check-ups with their dentist to ensure that any sign of periodontal disease is caught as early as possible. Schedule an appointment today to learn how to protect your smile.

Center for Dentistry

At Center of Dentistry, our dentists favor a patient-friendly approach to cosmetic, implant, and comprehensive dentistry. Our highly-trained staff will go the extra mile to make you feel at ease. Our dentists are affiliated with professional organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Pankey Institute for Florida

To schedule a visit at our Aiken, SC, dental office, contact us online, or call us at 803-648-9461 today!

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