If you are experiencing the warning signs of gum disease, such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums, now is the time to take action and seek periodontal therapy. This specialized treatment targets the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, an infection that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
Our hygienists, general dentists, or periodontists are here to help, offering a range of treatments including scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and surgical procedures to remove bacteria and infected tissue from the gums. Don't wait to address your gum health – contact us today to learn more about how periodontal therapy can improve the appearance of your gums and protect your smile for the long term.
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Periodontal therapy is a type of dental treatment that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. It is caused by bacteria in the mouth and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
Periodontal therapy may include a variety of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), antibiotics, and surgical procedures. It is typically done with local anesthesia. The goal of periodontal therapy is to remove the bacteria and infected tissue from the gums and to prevent the disease from progressing. It is an important aspect of overall dental health and can help improve the appearance of the gums and prevent tooth loss.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing is a type of deep cleaning procedure that is often used as a treatment for gum disease. It involves the removal of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the surfaces of the teeth, both above and below the gumline and is typically done with local anesthesia. .
Scaling involves the use of special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This is typically done using ultrasonic or hand-held instruments, such as curettes and scalers. The goal of scaling is to remove the bacteria and infected tissue from the teeth and gums.
Root planing is a process that smooths out the root surfaces of the teeth to help prevent bacteria from accumulating in the future. This is done by removing any rough or uneven areas on the roots of the teeth, which can harbor bacteria and contribute to the development of gum disease.