Treating Advanced Gum Disease
Oak Lane Dental offers scaling and root planing (also referred to as 'periodontal treatment' or 'periodontal therapy') as types of non-surgical periodontal treatment. Scaling and root planing are necessary for patients with chronic periodontitis (gum disease that has advanced past gingivitis).
Our hygienists carefully clean the surfaces of both the tooth and root to avoid further damage to the gums. This also reduces bacterial infections and aids in repairing the patient's periodontal disease.
Perio Treatment vs. Regular Cleaning
When a patient has advanced gum disease and requires periodontal treatment, it is necessary to remove plaque and tartar from both above and below the gumline. During a regular, healthy dental cleaning, it's only necessary to clean above the gum line.
What should I expect during treatment?
The dentist or hygienist will use dental picks and scaling instruments to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Next, they will begin root planing. This treatment involves smoothing out teeth roots to help gums reattach to your teeth. Depending on the level of treatment needed, a local anesthetic may be used to numb the area.
It is recommended that patients requiring periodontal treatment come every 3-4 months, as opposed to every 6-months for regular cleanings. Once your gum pockets are back to a healthy size, you can begin a regular dental cleaning schedule.