Periodontal Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
You CAN treat your gum disease!
If gingivitis is left untreated it progresses into advanced gum disease or periodontitis. Periodontitis is defined as bone loss around the teeth. This bone loss, or periodontal disease, is often accompanied with bad breath, painful gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, loose or shifting teeth, and/or other devastating symptoms.
Periodontal disease cannot be treated with only routine dental cleanings. Scaling and root planing is the gum therapy recommended for periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing, frequently referred to as deep cleaning, is most often completed in two separate visits.
The goals of periodontal disease treatment include:
- Removal of dental plaque, tartar, and other harmful agents found under the gumline.
- Removal of unhealthy gum tissue (granulation tissue)
- Smoothening of root surfaces to remove a disease-prone environment
- Attempt to return gums to a level of health that can be maintained at home.
- Regular periodontal maintenance and follow-up to prevent recurrent periodontitis
Often times this initial gum therapy alone cannot heal the advanced gum disease. The use of anitbiotics, prescription mouth rinses, a second course of scaling and root planing or gum surgery may also be required. Patients should return for maintenance every 3 months following scaling and root planing.
Speak to your dentist about specific recommendations to treat your periodontal disease.