If you have periodontal disease, your Periodontist may suggest any of the treatments listed below.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are something like a cleaning. But we reach further beneath the gumline to clear away toxins causing inflammation. Under local anesthetic, we remove plaque and calculus deposits, then smooth the root surface of each tooth to encourage re-attachment of the gum tissue. These simple procedures go a long way to eliminate the source of gum problems. Deeper pockets may require additional surgical care to thoroughly clean away infected tissue and repair the damaged jawbone.
Your visit will take from one to three hours depending on your special needs. After that, it's your turn. We'll take time with you to explain how to maintain tissue health at home. Home Care -- more than anything else -- is the key to successful periodontal therapy.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums (6 millimeters or greater) are present, it is difficult for the dentist to thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed.
|This procedure removes an overgrowth of gum tissue. This reduces the space where bacteria can collect. It should then be easier for you to keep teeth and gums clean. You will also have a less "gummy" smile.|