Gum disease can ravage your oral health. This condition is the primary cause of tooth loss in adulthood and when it goes untreated, it can destroy the gums and jawbones. If your dentist has recommended that you see a periodontist, you might be happy to learn that there is non-surgical gum treatment available. These treatments can mitigate the effects of gum disease and improve your oral health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical gum treatment that removes infected tissue, provides a deep cleaning to the gingiva and roots of teeth, and promotes gingival regeneration. Scaling and root planing are actually two different procedures that are performed together.
Scaling involves using dental hygiene tools to remove tartar accumulation below the gums. Tartar is a chief contributor to periodontal disease. As the hardened form of plaque, tartar is incredibly irritating to the gums and causes gingival recession. Regular dental cleanings do not remove tartar accumulation far below the gums, which is why scaling is necessary for those with periodontal disease.
Root planing is a non-surgical procedure that helps patients maintain the results of scaling and reduce the likelihood of future tartar accumulation. Using small filing instruments, root planing involves smoothing the roots of teeth. Smoothed roots make it harder for tartar to attach to dental structures below the gum line.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Laser periodontal therapy is non-invasive and does not require scalpels or sutures. This form of treatment can assist with scaling and root planing or be performed in place of more invasive treatments like gum flap surgery.
Our periodontist uses soft-tissue lasers, approved by the FDA, to remove infected tissue and encourage the reattachment of the gums to teeth. Laser periodontal therapy is safe, effective, and comfortable.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, visiting a specialist is a wise idea. Our team is trained to treat all forms of gum disease, including advanced and complex cases. Call Park Cities Periodontics and Implant Dentistry today to reserve a consultation.