methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist
and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend
the appropriate treatment.
progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums
gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the
surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space,
they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis,
and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be
recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your
daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a
time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and
toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing).
This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.
Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush
may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
If the pockets do not
heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed
to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Your dentist
may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums
and supporting bone).
You are welcome to schedule an appointment today!