Scaling and Root Planing
Are you one of the millions who suffer from bleeding and sore gums or chronic bad breath?
More than 85% of the population has some form of gum disease!
Periodontal(Gum) disease is usually a slow, painless, progressive disease that can lead to tooth loss, if untreated. However, if diagnosed early, the teeth can be saved. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a colorless film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed by flossing and brushing, it hardens to form calculus(tartar) on the tooth surface and below the gums. Plaque and calculus create a bacterial infection which destroys the gums and the bone.
Did you know…
that there is a connection between gum disease and your general health. Research suggests that the inflammation and bacteria associated with gum disease is linked to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and increased risk for preterm or low birth weight babies. Caring properly for your gums is vital to your overall health.
Frequently asked Questions?
Do I have the signs and symptoms of Gum Disease?
- Gums that bleed easily when flossing and brushing
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Pus between the gums and the teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
How do you determine if I have gum disease?
The only way to confirm a diagnosis of gum disease is to have a thorough exam and x-rays to check the bone surrounding the teeth. At the exam appointment we will use a special instrument called a periodontal probe to measure the depth of the pocket (space between the tooth and the gum tissue). Pocket depth measurement, clinical exam, and x-rays determine the extent of the disease. Generally, the more severe the disease, the deeper the pocket. Our Riverside practice is pleased to offer quality periodontal care through our experienced and skilled periodontist who specializes in gum disease.
Will I need surgery to treat my Gum Disease?
There are several nonsurgical treatments that our office offers to treat periodontal disease. The hygienists in our practice can do a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) to remove the plaque and calculus from the tooth and root surfaces with the use of local anesthetics. Our Riverside office also offers PerioProtect nonsurgical treatment as an option. The PerioProtect method is an effective treatment, using FDA approved trays which deliver antimicrobial agents to the source of the infection. The periodontal trays are worn as a supplement to regular flossing and brushing and the treatment is modified as healing occurs. This treatment is often used in conjunction with scaling and root planings. This process has been shown to be comfortable, easy, effective and reliable.