SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning below the gumline, is often the first step in treating periodontal disease. Plaque and tarter (build up of disease causing bacteria), are removed from areas that bruising and flossing cannot reach, including the roots of the teeth. In cases of mild periodontal disease (also know as gingivitis), undergoing scaling and root planing may be enough to clear any developing infection and prevent any further disease advancement. Oral hygiene instruction will be reviewed and the importance of home care will be discussed in order to achieve optimal results.
Irrigation aims to cleanse plaque between the teeth and under the gumline in order to prevent the establishment of harmful oral bacteria. This is often used in conduction with a periodontal cleaning or scaling and root planing. An antimicrobial agent will be applied to reduce bacteria under the gumline, which is an area of the mouth that is not accessible with normal rinsing.
After undergoing any kind of periodontal treatment, you will be advised on ways to sustain the health of your gums. We are true believers that ongoing maintenance care is vital to longterm periodontal health. We focus on a thorough exam, cleaning above and below the gumline, checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing an oral cancer exam and taking X-rays when necessary. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we are also concerned about your general health. A review of your medical history and current medications can help us stay informed of your condition and any periodontal implications. We will also discuss follow-up visits and your daily routine of brushing and flossing.