Gum disease is one of the most common yet most serious oral health conditions. Advanced gum disease that goes untreated can contribute to tooth loss and systemic health issues. While mild gum disease can often be easily reversed with better dental hygiene habits at home, other cases of periodontal disease may need to be addressed by your dentist.
At Johns Creek Dental Studio, we often recommend scaling and root planing as a first line of defense for mild to moderate gum disease. This is a painless, non-invasive treatment that is often referred to as a “deep cleaning” for your gums and teeth. Scaling and root planing may be performed on two quadrants of the mouth at a time. It designed to remove accumulated dental plaque, tartar and bacteria beneath the gum line and around the tooth root, as these are etiologic agents that cause inflammation and disease within the gums.
How Does a “Deep Cleaning” Help?
In the presence of gum disease or periodontitis, the gums pull away from the tooth root and often form deep pockets of tissue that harbor further bacteria and plaque. During scaling and root planing, there are two main procedure steps. Scaling may involve a combination of handheld and electronic tools to perform a thorough cleaning of the tooth roots and gums. This removes the hardened plaque and bacteria within the deep pockets of gum tissue. Next the surfaces of the tooth roots are carefully smoothed to promote healing as well as encourage the gums to reattach.
Scaling and root planing is a straightforward procedure that can restore your smile heath and prevent tooth loss. Untreated gum disease can cause the gums to pull further and further away from the tooth roots and eventually compromise the underlying bone. Teeth may lose stability and even fall out.
If you have red, puffy or bleeding gums, contact our Johns Creek dentist sooner rather than later. We are happy to tell you more about our expansive menu of periodontal therapies.