Deep cleanings help prevent bone loss and the spread of disease
Research has proven that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. Periodontal disease not only leads to tooth loss by destroying the supporting bone, but those with periodontal disease are also more prone to heart attacks, strokes, pre-term low birth-weight babies and other systemic diseases. We take gum disease very seriously and screen each patient at every check-up in order to maintain their oral health.
If periodontal disease is diagnosed, our dental hygienist will remove the bacteria causing this disease through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling is removing the plaque from above and below the gum line and root planing involves cleaning the root surface. Placement of antibiotics under the gums are often recommended to eliminate the bacteria after the procedure.
During the teeth scaling process, your dentist or dental hygienist will numb the gums and tooth roots with a local anesthesia, but teeth scaling and root planing cause very little discomfort. Your dentist or dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove the hardened deposits of plaque buildup (tartar) from the teeth both above and below the gum line. Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth that can promote gum disease by trapping and holding bacteria.
The whole procedure may be done in a single visit, although generally a quadrant (1/4th of the mouth) or half of the mouth is recommended per appointment. After a scaling and planing, you can expect that your gums will be numb from the anesthesia and then possibly a little tender. But if you maintain a consistent oral health routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing, your gums should quickly regain a firm, healthy, pink appearance.
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