Periodontics: Scaling And Root Planing
in Heath, Texas
Maintaining meticulous oral hygiene practices and scheduling your dental exams and cleanings every six months at Hummingbird Dental are the best preventive measures to keep your gums healthy. If, however, you develop gum (periodontal) disease, you will require a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. This conservative treatment is one of the most effective ways to manage periodontal disease.
How does periodontal disease develop?
Gum disease is a progressive condition. The first stage, called gingivitis develops when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is not removed. Symptoms of early gum disease include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. The good news is that the condition is easily reversible with regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings.
If not treated, gingivitis can progress to a potentially serious condition known as periodontitis. The gums will start pulling away from the teeth and form spaces called pockets that become infected. The body’s immune system’s response to infection begins breaking down the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Moreover, periodontitis can affect your overall health. Studies have established a connection between periodontal disease and serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and more.
How is periodontitis managed?
The first step in managing periodontitis and preventing damage to your oral health is a conservative and non-surgical deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. The procedure involves removing plaque and tartar off your teeth and root surfaces, then smoothing out the root surfaces to prevent tartar and bacteria buildup and promote gum tissue healing. After the deep cleaning, your gums should begin to heal and reattach to the healthy, clean surfaces of the teeth. If periodontitis is at an advanced stage, additional treatments, including medication or surgical intervention, may be necessary.
What is periodontal maintenance?
You will need periodontal maintenance appointments every three months. During your visits, we will clean your teeth, evaluate your gum health and recession, and measure the depth of the pockets. Our goal is to ensure the disease does not progress, and your gums and bone stay healthy and sound.
Periodontics near me
Contact Hummingbird Dental in Heath, TX, to learn more about managing periodontal disease. We are committed to providing you with gentle care and service that exceeds your expectations.
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