Cleanings and Gum Treatments

Ashley Dental Associates begins each checkup with measurements of gum tissue to evaluate any possible periodontal disease. Measurements between 1-3 mm are considered to be healthy, while measurements exceeding that may be an indication of periodontal disease. If periodontal disease is diagnosed, we can discuss possible treatment plans.

Routine cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. Ashley Dental Associates recommends that you have a professional cleaning at least every six months. However, some patients are advised to go more often, depending on their oral hygiene habits and/or their past history of periodontal disease.

We also offer these general dentistry procedures :

  • Routine cleanings and gum treatments
  • Fillings and sealants
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Extractions
  • Oral surgery & wisdom tooth extraction
  • Root canal therapy
  • Sedation (Oral & Nitrous Gas)

Root Canal Procedures

Ashley Dental Associates performs root canal work on site. We do not pass on referrals. Root canal treatment is the process of cleaning out the infected nerves (pulp) from a dead or dying tooth, allowing you to keep the tooth and hence retain the structure of your bone while being freed from any pain or irritation.

There are many possible symptoms of the need for root canal work. The most common is an abscess, which can only be detected with an X-ray. Once the nerve of the tooth is removed, having a crown placed to protect the tooth is essential.

Root canals are a lengthy process however, Ashley Dental Associates uses a variety of anesthetic and antibiotic treatments to ensure safety and comfort.


While Ashley Dental Associates hopes to save your damaged tooth whenever possible, extractions are sometimes the only treatment that can be done. When a tooth has an extensive amount of decay or has a fracture line that reaches down to the root, the tooth is no longer salvageable, and must be taken out to keep an infection from developing and spreading into the jaw. A tooth that has a deep stress fracture, a substantial amount of decay or is severely broken must be extracted.

The most common type of extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. These teeth erupt horizontally, creating pressure and pain on the teeth in front of them, which can eventually lead to an infection and/or crooked teeth. Most people have their wisdom teeth extracted when they are teenagers or young adults. Another reason a person may have teeth extracted is as a precursor to orthodontic treatment. The North Charleston dentists at Ashley Dental Associates may recommend certain teeth be removed as part of their overall plan to create more room in the mouth to straighten the other teeth.