To prevent or treat gum disease, Lakewood Dental Trails provides periodontal therapy as part of our general dental care services. Gingivitis and periodontitis affect the teeth and gums when bacteria beneath the gum line goes undetected and untreated by routine brushing and flossing. Regularly scheduled exams and professional cleanings by our hygienist are essential. The effects of gum disease are often unseen until the symptoms become severe.
Periodontal therapy is a treatment regimen employed by Lakewood Dental to reach below your gums and remove bacteria and plaque before it deteriorates tissue. When deteriorating, gums become tender, redness develops, and inflammation causes discomfort and bleeding.
Gum Infection Treatment
Gum infection treatment is performed with a technique called scaling and root planing. Using specialized tools, your dentist will reach down below the gum line to scrape away plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums that are causing the infection. As food particles become embedded in the pockets of the gums, they form plaque and bacteria. The buildup of these particles and plaque causes the swelling and redness you commonly see above the gum line.
Scaling and root planing dig out the causes of the infection and restore the gum tissue to health. Without treatment, the gums would gradually separate from your teeth, leaving more pockets for bacteria, causing teeth to loosen and eventual bone loss.
Scaling and Root Planing
You may have already seen the processes of scaling and root planing. If you have had a professional cleaning done previously, your hygienist did a scaling and root planing treatment on your teeth. It is a non-surgical treatment that removes heavy tartar buildup from your teeth, reaching below the gum line where regular brushing and flossing will not reach. Scaling removes the plaque and tartar and root planing smooths the surfaces to prevent future buildup in your teeth and gums.
Contact Lakewood Dental Trails today to schedule a consultation for you or a family member about periodontal therapy.