Protecting Your Gums & Surrounding Tooth Structure
Depending on the extent of calculus buildup, a specialized procedure known as deep cleaning may be required. The calculus buildup occurs in areas of your mouth that cannot be reached by brushing your teeth, flossing or a regular dental cleaning. Additionally, your dentist may use an ultrasonic cleaner to loosen the particles for cleaning.
A deep cleaning, also known as periodontal cleaning consists of two initial visits to complete the cleaning, followed by a checkup 30 days later. Also, your future dental office visits will be every three months for a deep cleaning.
Scaling and Root Planing
Reverse Your Gum Disease
Without regular dental cleanings, harmful bacteria and hard deposits called calculus build up on your teeth above and below your gums, releasing harmful toxins that can lead to gingivitis or inflamed and bleeding gums.
If these symptoms are not treated, they may lead to periodontitis and bone loss. This buildup occurs in areas that cannot be reached by brushing, flossing, or even regular dental cleaning.
Your doctor may recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing to remove these deposits from your teeth. Scaling and planing is usually performed with an ultrasonic cleaner, which uses high-frequency vibration to separate the calculus from the tooth.
This procedure is for advanced periodontal cases and may require multiple appointments to complete.
Removing the deposits can halt the spread of periodontitis. In some cases, this may bring your gums back to health. Your doctor can determine the best next steps in your treatment.
Gingivitis that is left untreated will likely turn into periodontal disease. In turn, periodontal disease can progress to a more extreme condition of periodontal disease known s periodontitis. On the other hand, Gingivitis is a treatable condition with good daily oral hygiene habits.
Symptoms of gingivitis begin with inflammation of the gums:
- Red or purple colored gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums that are bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth
Early Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition of the gum tissue caused by the buildup of bacteria on the teeth. It is an early form of gum disease that has not progressed to the point of tissue or bone loss.
When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, the bacteria within it begins to cause redness, irritation, and swelling of the gum tissue. Since gingivitis rarely causes pain, most patients do not even know when they have it.
Additional symptoms can also include sensitivity and tenderness of the gum tissue, and slight bleeding when brushing, flossing, or probing during an examination.
You may notice your toothbrush or floss having a slight pinkish tone to them after use.
If left untreated Gingivitis will progress, and further complications can arise. It is essential to consult with your dentist about the best course of action to halt the disease progression.
Reverse Your Gum Disease
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that causes damage to the gums and bone that can eventually jeopardize the health of your teeth.
Healthy gums are typically pink in color. Some symptoms of periodontitis can include red, swollen gums, gums that recede from the teeth, loose teeth, and bad breath. In some cases, the infection may be deep below the surface and may appear to have few external symptoms.
If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to significant gum recession and bone loss, which can then cause tooth loss and serious health problems — including increased risk of heart disease.
Periodontitis is a disease, but its effects can be stopped and reversed with proper treatment. Once your doctor has restored your mouth to a healthy state, further complications can be prevented with regular dental appointments and proper home care.