Gum disease results from accumulations of bacteria-laden plaque and tartar that cause infections in pockets in the collar of gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. Most of these bacteria are anaerobic, meaning that they can thrive without oxygen beneath the gumline. In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), the infections may be adequately treated with professional cleaning and conscientious home care. However, if the disease is allowed to progress to a more advanced stage (periodontitis), more aggressive remedial measures may be called for. Scaling and root planning is the procedure by which surfaces of the tooth roots are planed with scraping instruments until tartar is removed and tooth surfaces are sufficiently smooth for gum tissue to adhere to them.
Most people do not experience any pain due to gum disease and therefore it often goes unnoticed. It is important to have regular dental checkups, including a periodontal examination. Flossing daily and brushing after meals will reduce the risk of developing plaque. At our practice, you can be sure that you will never be advised of, or supplied with, treatment that you don’t want or need. We take the time to answer all of your questions and explore every possible option. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
P.S. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to loosening, and loss, of teeth.