Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

Gum Care in Johns Island, SC

Having a healthy smile isn’t just about having healthy teeth. It’s important to have healthy gums as well! At Stono Dental Care in Johns Island, we provide gentle gum care, including periodontal exams and dental deep cleanings. Our dentist, Dr. Game, is here to help your overall oral health be in the best condition possible!

Couple smiling after receiving teeth whitening in Johns Island.

Gum Disease Treatment

If you start to notice that your gums are red, swollen, or bleeding, then it could be an early sign of gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Our dental practice offers gum disease treatment so that you can handle the situation before it compromises the rest of your health. If your gum disease is in its early phase, we can perform a thorough gum cleaning. If it’s in an advanced stage, then we can present you with other solutions.

Since gum disease has these different stages that require different kinds of treatment, the earlier you take care of gum disease the better!

Gum Health & Dental Implants

Gum health and dental implants are very much connected. Good candidates for dental implant surgery should have healthy gum tissue to support the implant. If you’re interested in dental implants but need to take care of your gum health first, we can help with that! We’re also happy to provide you with a consultation to assess your gums and see whether you’re a great candidate for the procedure.

Periodontal Care FAQs

What is periodontal care?

“Periodontal” actually means “around teeth,” so periodontal care is the type of dentistry that relates to the structures that surround teeth. Many times, this means caring for the gums (like treating gum disease), but it can also mean working with the jawbone (as with the placement of dental implants).

How long does periodontal cleaning take?

A periodontal cleaning, also called a dental deep cleaning or scaling and root planing, is a little more involved than a normal teeth cleaning. Local anesthetic is first applied to the patients’ gums to ensure their comfort throughout the cleaning. This is part of the reason why the procedure is often split up over multiple visits, with a different quadrant or half of the mouth being focused at each time.

Does a periodontal exam hurt?

At Stono Dental Care, we work very hard so that you don’t have to feel any pain during your visit, no matter what treatment you’re getting. While inflamed gums can be quite sensitive, we do have anesthetics and sedation options available to help keep you completely comfortable while we perform a periodontal exam.

Stono Dental Care

Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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