Gum Disease Therapy
Healthier Gums, Healthier Life
Your teeth may be the star of the show, but the gums play a very important role as well in your overall smile. They can also fall victim to infection and decay – in fact, periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common health problems in the world. While early symptoms can seem relatively mild, leaving this infection untreated for too long can eventually cause patients to lose natural teeth and jawbone structure.
At Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Preet wants to address the presence of gum disease as early as possible for her valued patients. That’s why dedicated periodontal screenings are an important part of every regular checkup and cleaning. If we discover worrisome signs, therapy can be provided to remove harmful bacteria and restore oral health.
Please contact us today if you’re experiencing any symptoms that may suggest the presence of gum disease, including overly swollen and red gum tissue, oral bleeding after practicing oral hygiene, and persistently bad breath.
Scaling and Root Planing
While professional cleanings can address the presence of gum disease in its earliest stages, more moderate symptoms will require a deeper approach. This is where scaling and root planing comes in. This procedure (which can be thought of as a more extensive and comprehensive cleaning) occurs in two distinct parts. During the scaling portion, we will start by removing all of the plaque and tartar (a more advanced, harder form of plaque) from above and below the gum line, as well as down into the periodontal pockets.
Once scaling is complete, we will turn our focus onto the tooth roots. These surfaces can become rough over time, attracting dangerous bacteria. By performing root planing, these rough spots are gradually smoothed out so that they are less likely to gather bacteria over time.
Scaling and root planing can sometimes be completed in one visit, while some patients may need to return for multiple sessions – our recommendation will depend on the severity of your condition.
Despite our team’s most thorough efforts during scaling and root planing, some dangerous bacteria may still lurk along your gum line afterwards, especially in the deep periodontal pockets. As a supplement, we may recommend antibiotic therapy to maximize the lasting success of your treatment. Medication will be applied directly to the tissue so that it can continue fighting off infection for days and weeks following your appointment. It will also help reduce inflammation.