Gum Disease Therapy
What is Periodontal Therapy?Gum disease requires treatment right away. Periodontal therapy is a treatment performed to help stop the progression of gum disease, giving your mouth an opportunity to heal. This particular treatment involves a procedure known as scaling and root planing. With this procedure, we are able to deep clean your teeth, eliminating buildup from their visible surfaces as well as the surfaces below the gumline. By removing buildup, we are able to alleviate the irritation of your gums so that your mouth can begin to heal. While it is a minimally invasive procedure, a local anesthetic may be given as your gums may be sensitive.
Scaling is the process of cleaning the visible surfaces of your teeth. We use a tool called a scaler to carefully and completely eliminate plaque, tartar, bacteria, and any other debris. Extra attention is given to the gumline. Root planing is the process of cleaning the root surfaces of your teeth. Special tools are inserted below the gum line to eliminate plaque, bacteria, and toxins from your tooth roots. This process smooths the roots, preventing new bacteria from accumulating. Once root planing is completed, an antibacterial rinse is administered to help rid your mouth of any lingering bacteria.
Periodontal MaintenanceFollowing your scaling and root planing, a follow up is scheduled 6 to 8 weeks later. This follow up enables us to check your mouth to make sure that your gums are healing. If you are not healing properly, or your gum disease is continuing to progress, you may be recommended for periodontal maintenance. This is a treatment plan that involves a series of visits. During these visits, we assess the buildup on your teeth, look at your gums, and measure your periodontal pockets. X-rays are taken as well to assess the condition of your jawbone. Following your exam, we clean your teeth. The frequency of your appointments depends upon the condition of your mouth. You may need appointments as often as every two months, or the appointments may be as spaced out to every 6 months.
Preventing Gum DiseaseWhile periodontal therapy can help to restore your oral health, it is possible for gum disease to develop again. There are ways that you can prevent this from happening. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. In addition to these daily habits, it is also important that you have your mouth cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Should you notice symptoms of gum disease, call to schedule an appointment right away.
Periodontal maintenance can help to restore your oral health, preventing serious consequences from arising. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call State Street Dental today at (971) 332-3020.
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