Periodontal Disease and Gum Cleaning
Gum disease or periodontal disease affects nearly have of the population over the age of 30 in the Us, according to the American Dental Association report. Around 65 million adults or 46 percent have periodontitis. Depending on the severity of your case, the best solution for this problem is having your teeth cleaned by a professional.
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Periodontal Disease Treatment
Whether your gum disease is at gingivitis, periodontitis, or advanced periodontitis stage, lack of proper oral hygiene could be a major culprit. This includes failure to:
🞹 Brush at least twice a day
🞹 Floss properly every day
🞹 Observe a healthy diet
Failure to observe the above three factors may cause the development of periodontal disease quicker than you think it's possible. Depending on the stage of your condition, the dentist will recommend treatment as well as advice you on ways to cure the disease and prevent it from worsening.
Early treatment can't be emphasized enough. Once your gum disease has advanced to the second stage, periodontitis, it becomes nearly impossible to reclaim your healthy gums back. It is for this reason that it is important to schedule for regular cleaning appointments with your hygienist to prevent any permanent damage. However, root planning and scaling or deep teeth cleaning will help treat the gum disease regardless of the stage.
At 911 Dental, we have qualified dentists that will make you feel at ease. If you come to us with periodontal disease, we will offer different treatment options depending on your case. Our services are affordable and have convenient payment and financing plans.
Teeth cleaning vs. Deep cleaning
It's essential to note the difference between the two if you're diagnosed with gum disease. With general teeth cleaning, your hygienist will clean the outer surface, in between teeth, and keep everything above the gum line. Dental deep cleaning, on the other hand, does a thorough job for a gum disease that has advanced. It focuses on the plague that has developed into tartar on the tooth enamel, below and above the gum line.
Gum Disease treatment
Deep cleaning or root planning and scaling removes the area of the gum line that are infected. When you don't observe proper oral care at home, the plague will build up below the gum line. Over time, the plaque calcifies and hardens to form tartar. Tartar can't be removed by routine brushing and flossing, and your dentist will thus have to scrape it off the tooth's enamel. When tartar grows under the gum line, it creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which causes an infection that leads to painful gum inflammation. If left untreated, the situation escalates to periodontitis- the gum bone and tissue begins to weaken and deteriorate. At this stage, you may experience loose teeth or even lose an entire tooth.
With deep cleaning, your dentist can remove deep pockets of infection right below the gum line. Being an invasive process, patients are given anesthesia to numb the area of the gum that is being treated. Your hygienist may use an ultrasonic scaler and other surgical instruments to remove the substance causing the infection. S/he will then shape or 'plane' the root of your tooth, which creates a smooth surface that eases the cleaning of your tooth enamel, preventing the collection of plague in the area. This procedure takes two sessions, but it can be repeated a few more times, depending on the severity of the infection.
Recovery from deep cleaning
It's normal to feel some soreness along the gum line after deep cleaning. Being more invasive than the regular cleaning, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to deter any infection that may occur when your gums are healing. If you're experiencing discomfort, over the counter painkillers may also be recommended to ease irritation.
Our local dentists will recommend treatment that suits your individual needs. After treatment, we prefer that you eat soft food and avoid those that get stuck within your gums like popcorn and candy. Besides, avoid tobacco for 72 hours before the deep cleaning. Tobacco increases the risk of infection and inhibits the gums from healing.
Above all, observe oral care at home, such as brushing and flossing after deep cleaning to prevent the recurrence of the problem.