Gum disease or periodontitis is a severe infection of the gums that can cause tooth loss and serious health issues. When periodontitis has progressed to allow the gums to recede away from the teeth, it can be difficult to keep bacteria at bay and stop the infection. Scaling or root planing is one option for periodontal care we offer at Thousand Oaks Dental to treat periodontitis and stop the infection in the gums.
One of the most effective treatments available for periodontitis is scaling or root planing. This is also referred to as a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth. With scaling, ultrasonic and manual instruments are used to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar from the tooth surface, even below the gum line. Root planing can also be performed with manual instruments to smooth the root surface and remove any bacteria or biofilm that is present to help stop the gum infection. Since these procedures go below the gum line and the infected gums are sensitive, anesthesia is used to numb the gums while scaling or root planing are performed.
When is a Deep Cleaning Necessary?
Deep cleaning below the gum line with scaling or root planing can become necessary when the gums begin receding from the teeth. When the gums recede, pockets between the teeth and gum form where bacteria can hide and breed. Dr. Thompson and our hygienist work together with our patients that have periodontal disease to determine the best course of treatment. They will measure the pockets between the gums and teeth – if they are larger, scaling and root planing may be recommended to fight the gum infection and stop the disease from progressing. When combined with home treatments and regular visits to our office for ongoing professional cleaning, scaling or root planing can effective stop periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the number one cause of tooth loss and associated with many serious health issues that can put your life at risk. Let our dental experts help you fight gum disease with effective treatments like scaling or root planing. Contact Thousand Oaks Dental today to schedule your exam.