You know how those extra pounds manage to silently creep up and wrap themselves around you when you aren’t looking? Periodontal, or gum, disease is just that sneaky. You can develop it without even knowing, especially if you’ve been lax in keeping regular checkups. Good to know, the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is reversible and we can often clear it up during a regular cleaning. But what happens when you skip cleanings or have other issues that allow the gingivitis to progress?
What Is a Deep Cleaning?
Even those of us who are conscientious about good oral hygiene can experience some plaque buildup. That’s why regular cleanings are recommended. Regular cleaning deals with the tooth surfaces down to the gum line.
Scaling and root planing go below the gum line. We recommend it when plaque and tartar has built up beyond what regular cleaning can handle, or in cases of particularly stubborn gum disease. It’s a two-step process.
Using specially designed tools, the tooth is scraped, or scaled, to remove the plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth and root surfaces. The rough areas on your tooth’s root surfaces are then smoothed by root planing. Having smooth root surfaces helps keep buildup from reforming underneath the gumline. This deep cleaning helps prevent periodontitis from developing or worsening.
Once the buildup of plaque and tartar is removed, your gums will heal and re-form a tight seal around your teeth.
However, if your periodontal disease has progressed too far, at Marcus Dental Practice, we use another non-surgical treatment called laser periodontal therapy, or LANAPⓇ. This laser-based approach is much quicker and more comfortable than traditional surgical treatment, and it only affects the diseased tissue and not the surrounding tissue and bone.
Stay on Top of Tartar Buildup
The damage caused from periodontitis may make it easier for plaque buildup under the gums to return, so we may ask you to come in a little more often so we can monitor and deal with the problem before it worsens.
Keeping regular checkup and cleaning appointments will go a long way toward helping you reduce the need for scaling and root planing. How long has it been since your last visit? We at Marcus Dental Practice proudly serve the Chicago, Illinois area, so call today for an appointment and let us help you keep gum disease at bay.