Periodontics is dental care that addresses problems with tissues around the teeth (the gums and bone). Because your gums comprise an extremely important part of your smile and overall oral health picture, it’s important to take care of them. Your gums and bone are the foundation for your teeth; these tissues anchor the roots of the teeth and you want this part of your mouth to be as healthy as it can be since your gums are susceptible to a number of diseases (such as gingivitis) if not properly cared for. In fact, tooth loss is largely correlated to gum disease, so if you want to keep your smile intact you’ll need to make periodontal care a priority. Our staff stresses prevention, first and foremost, but we are also equipped to deal with early to late-stage gum disease. Patients diagnosed with periodontal disease will typically begin treatment with a technique called scaling and root planting. Basically, this cleans the surface of the teeth located under the gums. If you have overly sensitive teeth our staff can provide a local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort you might experience during this procedure. Ultimately, scaling and root planting are simple techniques that can halt gum disease and allow your gums to rebound to their pink, firm and healthy form.
Gingival Probing and Pocket Depth
Scaling and Root Planing
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.