When it comes to periodontal disease, better be safe than sorry, just like any other ailment. The consequences of this dental issue can be greatly reduced if it is diagnosed early and treated with proper gum therapy and good oral hygiene. Periodontitis, on the other hand, if goes unchecked, can lead to tooth and bone loss.
It’s best to be proactive in dealing with potential periodontal disease. If untreated, it can result in further issues, including bone loss. The great thing is, when periodontal disease is discovered in the early stages, your dentist can treat it, and you can prevent full blown periodontal disease.
Early detection and good oral hygiene practice, along with gum therapy, can help decrease further dental problems.
Gum inflammation is among the initial signs of gum disease. Types of gingival inflammation include irritation and swelling—the contributing factor in plaque or the buildup of bacteria and other germs along the gum line. If plaque is left unattended, it hardens and eats at the tissue between the teeth and gums. ‘Periodontal pockets’ are created from the hardened plaque. Even at this stage, gingival inflammation and periodontitis can be cured but should be addressed promptly. Deep cleaning treatment, root planing, and scaling can help prevent chronic periodontal disease.
Gum therapy, Root Planing and Scaling are nonsurgical dental procedures for treating gum inflammation. This in-office procedure requires local anesthesia to numb the target area. Once numb, the dental professional carefully cleans below and above the gum line, removing tartar buildup. The process is completed using hand and ultrasonic equipment, cleaning from the root, and polishing the gum to encourage gum tissue reattachment decreasing the pockets extensively. Post-process, patients can manage while following a careful hygiene routine at home as prescribed by your dentist.
Are you experiencing periodontal symptoms that can benefit from the root planing and scaling procedure? Contact Dr. Amy Khajavi for a one-on-one consultation.