If caught early and treated, periodontal disease and its effects can be drastically decreased with proper gum disease treatment and continued maintenance. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss.
Gingivitis can be one of the first signs of infection and gum disease. The build-up of bacteria that is causing the inflammation of your gums is plaque. If the plaque is not brushed away properly it hardens into tartar and calculus, which we cannot remove on our own. The bacteria in the hardened plaque eats away at the connective tissue between your teeth and gums creating “pockets”. At this stage the effects of periodontal disease are still reversible. In some patients, their gum disease is diagnosed early enough to where they can avoid needing gum surgery. Instead their gum disease can be treated with a special deep dental cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is most effective when gum disease is diagnosed early.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical gum disease treatment. We will be able to numb the treatment areas with local anesthesia if necessary. One of our highly-trained hygienists will use ultrasonic tools and hand instruments to clean out the tartar above and below the gum line. The roots of your teeth are freed from calculus and smoothed to encourage reattachment of your gum tissue which decreases the pocket depths. It is important that periodontal patients continue diligent at-home care and also continue to get regular periodontal maintenance cleanings from their hygienist. We will be able to control your disease and keep track of how your pockets are improving.