Periodontal Treatments

Healthy teeth need healthy gums and bone supporting them. Gum disease can put your teeth at risk. It can also raise your risk of cardiometabolic and other health problems. Periodontal therapy is a key part of setting things right. 

 

When you come to our office for a regular cleaning, our hygienist will scale your teeth to remove plaque and tartar, and polish them to remove any stains and smooth the surfaces of your teeth.

But if you have gum disease, you may need a “deep cleaning,” or scaling and root planing. In this procedure, the hygienist cleans your teeth below the gum line, often using an ultrasonic scaler to help loosen and remove hard tartar deposits from the roots of the teeth. 

When Is Scaling & Root Planing Recommended?

Scaling and root planing is the first line course of treatment for patients with chronic periodontitis. This is advanced stage gum disease, in which tissue damage occurs. 

Healthy gum tissue fits tightly around each tooth. Diseased gums lead to pocketing. Unfortunately, these periodontal pockets are perfect harbors for harmful bacteria. The conditions – dark, moist, low-oxygen, and hard to reach – allow pathogens to thrive. 

As gum tissue and bone continue to deteriorate, teeth loosen in their sockets. Eventually, they become candidates for extraction or even fall out on their own. 

Deep cleanings every three months are the first step toward improving gum health. 

Biological & Natural Therapies to Treat Gum Disease 

Ozone is another very effective tool in the fight against gum disease. Ozone is a powerful antimicrobial, after all. It’s also been found to stimulate cellular growth factors and the regeneration of healthy tissue. This is exactly what’s needed once periodontitis has begun to take its toll on the gums and supporting bone. 

Lasers are also quite effective in treating infections such as gum disease. This is because they simultaneously sterilize the tissues as we work on them. In periodontal treatment, controlling infection is key.

Another proven tool is improved nutrition, which science has shown can help reverse the ravages of gum disease. So nutritional guidance is another thing we have to offer.

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