If you have periodontal disease, your dentist may suggest a scaling and root planing procedure, also known as deep cleaning. There's no cure for periodontal disease yet but a scaling and root planing procedure can help keep the disease from progressing.
What is Periodontal Scaling?
Periodontal scaling is not nearly as painful as it sounds. Your dentist will numb your gums so you won't feel anything. Your dental hygienist or dentist will clean your teeth and remove bacteria from under your gums where it accumulates in pockets. Root planing makes the roots smooth to keep plaque and tartar from attaching to the roots of your teeth again. The procedure takes one to two visits, depending on the areas of your mouth needing treatment. Once dental hygienist or dentist removes the bacteria, your gums will reattach themselves to the clean roots.
Maintenance is Prevention
We prefer to provide a conservative, non-surgical treatment, such as deep cleaning, first to help our patients avoid surgical intervention. It's essential you keep your maintenance appointments for routine cleanings and a comprehensive periodontal examination to keep your gums healthy after a deep cleaning. You also have to brush and floss regularly as directed by your dentist.
We are passionate about diagnosing periodontal disease because we want our patients to keep their natural teeth for as long as possible. In adults over 30, periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss. If you don't have a deep cleaning when your dentist suggests one, the bacteria may attack the tooth's support structure, causing them to become loose and fall out. Once periodontal disease attacks the bone holding your tooth in place, the damage is irreversible.
Periodontal Disease is Linked to Overall Health
Maintaining your overall health is another good reason for getting periodontal treatment. Studies associate the inflammation from advanced gum disease to other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.
If you are worried about Periodontal Disease, or any other dental health or hygiene concern, get in touch with us here at Ustick Dental! We can help address and treat any concerns you may have to make sure your dental health and hygiene are the best they can be!