Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a dental condition coming from a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth but it can be easily removed by brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly. However, if not properly cleaned and left to harden, it will lead to a lot of dental problems. For instance, if there is heavy plaque buildup on your mouth it can cause gum inflammation. Your gums will start to pull away from your teeth leaving pockets where bacteria can thrive. Once this happens, not only will it be very hard for you to remove bacteria from your teeth, it puts you at risk of tooth and bone loss.
According to a periodontist in Plantation, it is highly advisable that you get a dental scaling and root planning treatment if you find yourself in this stage.
To treat periodontitis, you need to undergo a two-part dental treatment which is scaling and root planning. Scaling is when your periodontist removes all of the plaque and dental calculus above and below your gum line. It’s essential that they thoroughly cleans the affected area, especially the bottom of the pocket.
After scaling, your periodontist will start the second part which is root planning. It is the smoothing out of your teeth roots so it can easily get in contact with your teeth. The smoothing out process allows you to protect your gum line from tartar, plaque, and bacteria because these won’t easily stick to your teeth. More so, the scaling and root planing treatment may take more than a single appointment.
When you visit your periodontist for follow up treatments, they will have to check whether your teeth and gums have already healed. In most cases, patients who follow the after-care tips provided by their periodontist have good results and there is no longer a need for scheduling another appointment.
Noticing concerning changes in your oral health? If you have any questions about scaling and root planing, as well as, its after-care tips, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Francisco Montamarta.