Periodontal disease is actually a very common infection of the gums, roots of the teeth, and the bone that supports them. You probably know it better as gum disease, and it’s the most prevalent dental problem in the entire world. It can cause symptoms like red, bleeding gums as well as chronic bad breath and even tooth loss. To keep your entire smile protected, our team will screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and should we spot a problem, we can use periodontal therapy to quickly take care of it. If you’re currently dealing with gum disease, contact us today to get the treatment you need.
Scaling and root planing are often regarded as the gold standard of periodontal therapy because they allow our team to attack the infection right at the source. For scaling, we’ll use an ultrasonic cleaner to break up and remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated around the gum line, and with root planing, we’ll gently smooth out the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots. This will make plaque less likely to gather on them in the future, which will drastically lower a person’s chances of developing serious gum disease.
Depending on the extent of a patient’s infection, a complete scaling and root planing treatment can usually be completed over the course of multiple appointments. At the beginning of each one, our team will lightly numb you so you’ll be comfortable the entire time. Once the entire treatment is finished, you’ll be advised to come see us more often for regular dental cleanings in order to prevent reinfection.