Office Closure Notice - Open for Emergencies ONLY!

Dear Patients, Families and Friends,

As our community copes with the fast-moving spread of Covid-19, coronavirus, we hope you and yours are in good health during this stressful time.

As you are aware, the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued warnings and precautions to health-care providers worldwide regarding Covid-19, Coronavirus.

Public officials have advised medical and dental providers to postpone elective procedures for a limited time while we social distance in the effort to slow the spread of this virus.

Patients with upcoming appointments that will have to be rescheduled will be notified by our team, on an ongoing basis as we wait for more understanding of this ever-changing situation.

We will continue to be available on a limited basis for dental emergencies only.

Should you experience a dental emergency, please call our main office phone number and leave a message. This phone number connects to our after-hours cell phone. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Before Call for an emergency you must read
We will continue our use of universal precautions, which includes use of our masks, gloves, surface barriers, and will always exceed the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization for all instruments per OSHA and CDC guidelines.

The health, safety and well-being of our patients, families and our community is of the utmost concern. Having said that, here are some precautions we’re asking you to take if you come in for an emergency:
  1. Please let us know as soon as possible if you start to experience any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment for another time.
  2. Please do not bring anyone to your appointments. If you need a ride, ask the person who drives you to your appointment to wait in their car until your appointment is concluded.
  3. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after entering our office.
  4. We will also be monitoring temperatures prior to caring for you.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel welcome to call us at(828) 684-1633.When we are given the green-light to renew regular business operations, we will update you.

We thank you for your patience during this interruption and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able, happy and healthy.

Warm regards,
Dr. Chris Port and the Asheville Smile Center Team
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Gum Disease

General dentist in Arden, NC describes the advantages of periodontal disease therapy


Dr. Christopher Port is a general dentist in the community who offers diagnosis and treatment for those who have concerns about their oral health and wellness.
When patients do not take care of the health of their smiles, they are putting themselves at risk for a wide range of dental concerns, including the development of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The development of these conditions requires immediate treatment to minimize their effects. Arden, NC area patients who visit the team at Asheville Smile Center with periodontal disease are urged to learn about the advantages of undergoing periodontal disease therapy.

What is periodontal disease?

Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection that begins in the gum tissues and can spread. The infection is usually caused by bacteria that develops due to poor oral hygiene habits, and often becomes a serious issue if left untreated. Dr. Christopher Port is a general dentist in the community who offers diagnosis and treatment for those who have concerns about their oral health and wellness.

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

The symptoms of this condition will begin as relatively minor issues but can progress into more serious problems. Dr. Christopher Port encourages patients to visit their general dentist at least once every six months for a cleaning and examination to maintain oral health and wellness, and to catch problems early enough for successful intervention. However, if you are exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment:

  • Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing
  • Pain and discomfort in the mouth
  • Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
  • Red, swollen gum tissues
  • Pockets between the gums and teeth
  • Loose teeth
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The earlier the condition is caught, the more likely it can be treated. Periodontal disease is a condition that cannot be cured. Instead, it can be treated and maintained. Periodontal therapy is highly recommended to patients at any stage as it can help make them more comfortable, improve the appearance of the smile, and can reduce the risk of serious bone, tooth, and soft tissue loss.

The advantages of periodontal disease therapy by a general dentist in Arden, NC

Treatment is discussed once patients have received a proper diagnosis after a thorough examination from their dental professional. The stage the condition has reached will help Dr. Christopher Port determine how to treat the problem. The earlier stage, known as gingivitis, can be addressed with a deep cleaning. Dr. Christopher Port may apply some antibiotics to the gum tissues to help in controlling the infection directly. However, if patients have the later stages of periodontal disease, treatment may vary. It may include a more invasive procedure known as scaling and root planing, which should be done every three months until the infection is under control. Antibiotics may be applied directly or may be prescribed as a pharmaceutical for patients to take orally for a specific period. Patients should come into the office regularly for a routine evaluation to monitor how the condition is doing and to learn how to prevent the problem from becoming a bigger issue.

Prevention of periodontal disease

Image of a young Lady brushing her teeth to cure from gum disease Periodontal disease is a condition that is generally preventable. When patients take appropriate steps to care for their smile by visiting the dentist regularly and brushing and flossing after every meal, they are taking the time to invest in their smile for a lifetime. Additionally, visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation allows our professionals to monitor the smile and make note of any concerning changes that may be happening. In addition, patients can ask about cosmetic treatments that are readily available to help in enhancing the smile’s appearance, such as porcelain veneers or professional teeth whitening. Dr. Christopher Port is here to help patients feel confident in their smiles while ensuring they take good care of it for better oral health. Prevention and top-notch dental care will ensure patients have a beautiful smile for life!

Ready to discuss your options for treatment?

Contact the team of the Asheville Smile Center to have our dental professional, Dr. Christopher Port, help you determine the type of treatment most appropriate for your specific stage of periodontal disease. The practice is conveniently located at 600 Julian Lane, Suite 610 and can be reached by phone at (828) 585-4049 for an appointment.

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