Importance Of Treating Gum Disease
Just like any other disease, prevention is better than cure when it comes to periodontal disease. If this dental condition is detected early its effects can be significantly controlled through appropriate gum disease treatment and regular oral maintenance. But if the periodontal disease is left untreated it can result in tooth and bone loss.
One of the first signs of gum disease and infection is Gingivitis or inflamed and irritated gums. The inflammation of your gums is the plaque, which is caused by the build-up of bacteria. The plaque, which we cannot remove on our own, hardens into calculus and tartar if it’s not brushed away properly. The bacteria in the hardened plaque peel away the connective tissue between your gums and teeth—creating “pockets”. Even at this stage, the damage caused by periodontal disease is reversible. Patients who want to avoid surgery must ensure an early diagnosis of gum disease. If you do this, all you require to treat your gum disease is a deep dental cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.
“Research Has Shown That Gum Disease Is Linked To Several Other Diseases, Including Diabetes, Heart Disease, And Certain Forms Of Cancer.”
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The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure
Scaling and root planing is a gum disease treatment and is non-surgical. First, Dr. Jay Akef numbs the treatment areas using local anesthesia, if required. One of our well-trained hygienists uses hand instruments and ultrasonic tools to clean the tartar below and above the gum line. The calculus is removed from the roots of your teeth, and they are smoothed to promote reattachment of your gum tissue, which reduces the depth of the pockets. After surgery, periodontal patients must continue home care and also get regular periodontal maintenance cleanings from their hygienist. The post-procedure follow-up will help in controlling the disease and you can keep track of how your pockets are improving.