SCALING AND ROOT PLANING (DEEP CLEANING)
Periodontal disease is very treatable, but cannot be fully cured. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, we may recommend a treatment called a “deep cleaning”, better known as scaling and root planing.
With this treatment our dental hygienist or dentist may use a topical or local numbing agent to ensure you are comfortable. During the procedure, we gently remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar that is attached to the root structure and within the deeper periodontal pockets. This helps the tissue to stabilize and heal.
The goal of the procedure is to minimize bleeding and inflammation caused by the bacteria and tartar, while helping to prevent further bone loss and tissue fiber destruction. After the completion of your scaling and root planing treatment, you will be scheduled for regular ongoing maintenance care. These visits will involve a thorough professional cleaning and monitoring of your oral health to ensure the disease does not recur and progress further.
Gum recession is the progressive loss of gum tissue over time. This is generally caused by poor oral hygiene habits or periodontal disease. It is most common in people over the age of 40, but can begin much sooner in some cases. If left untreated, gum recession can result in the exposure of teeth roots, a serious oral health issue.
Common symptoms that may be found with gum recession include teeth sensitivity, visible teeth roots, teeth appearing longer, inflamed or bleeding gums.
Treatment of gum recession varies depending on the cause. Some common treatments include:
● Oral hygiene education
● Professional teeth cleaning
● Scaling and root planing
● Gum grafting
● Gum tissue regeneration
If you think you may have gum recession, schedule a consultation with our doctor today.