Periodontics & deep cleaning

Protect your gums, preserve your smile!

Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissues. It includes the stages commonly known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

When plaque and tartar are left untreated on teeth and gums, gum disease may develop. You can reduce your risk of gum disease by brushing twice and flossing once every day. You should also have a dental exam and professional cleaning at least twice each year

Gingivitis includes a variety of mild to moderate symptoms, such as:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums bleeding from normal brushing or eating
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Difficulty or pain chewing

Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease. In this case, gums begin to pull away from teeth, creating small “pockets” along the gum line. Tooth loss, bone loss, and damage to gums and soft tissues can occur with periodontitis.

 

Treatment

The most common treatment for gum disease is known as deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. Our hygienist can perform this gentle and effective removal of tartar, calculus, and infected tissue.

Common risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene habits, diabetes, smoking, and hormonal changes. Some medications can also increase your likelihood of developing gum disease. Many recent studies have found that untreated gum disease negatively impacts other aspects of your overall health. This is especially common for patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Contact Heritage Family Dental for a consultation and screening today.

Revitalize your gums, renew your smile!

Deep cleaning

Periodontal disease is very treatable, but cannot be fully cured. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, we may recommend a treatment called a “deep cleaning”, better known as scaling and root planning.

With this treatment, our dental hygienist or dentist may use a topical or local numbing agent to ensure you are comfortable. During the procedure, we gently remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar that are attached to the root structure and within the deeper periodontal pockets. This helps the tissue to stabilize and heal.

The goal of the procedure is to minimize bleeding and inflammation caused by the bacteria and tartar while helping to prevent further bone loss and tissue fiber destruction.

After the completion of your scaling and root planing treatment, you will be scheduled for regular ongoing maintenance care. These visits will involve a thorough professional cleaning and monitoring of your oral health to ensure the disease does not recur and progress further.

If swelling or discomfort lasts more than a few days, contact our office.