Maintaining good oral hygiene is critical for dental health. Regular brushing and flossing along with annual dental checkups and professional cleaning should keep your teeth in good condition throughout your life. Without proper general dental care, you are at risk of a multitude of problems. Gum disease is one of them and unchecked it can lead to heart problems. In its early stages gum disease is relatively easy to treat. A thorough cleaning by a hygienist, possibly a change to antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash should get your gums back in good order again before too long. In its later stages, gingivitis turns into periodontitis which will eventually put you at risk of losing your teeth.
Treatment for Periodontitis
Periodontitis affects the soft tissue around your teeth. The hardened substance produced by the interaction of bacteria, food debris and mucus begins as a clear, sticky film that adheres to teeth called plaque. If it is not properly cleaned away, the plaque hardens to form tartar. The tartar builds up, separating the gums from the teeth, forming pockets into which more food debris gets trapped. Eventually acids formed by the tartar begin to dissolve the bone around the teeth, causing them to loosen.
Treatment for Periodontitis consists of cleaning all the tartar from the teeth and making the tooth structure smooth again so that gums can reattach to the tooth. Further procedures may be necessary, depending on the extent of the problem. Your dentist will assess the situation and make recommendations for care.
Deep Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing
The removal of all plaque and tartar above and below the gum line is of utmost importance. This deep cleaning is done with special tools. Local anesthetia is administered to keep you comfortable during the procedure. When the hardened tartar is removed through scaling, the next step is root planing. This procedure will leave the surface of the tooth below the gum line smooth so that the gums can eventually reattach to the tooth.
Contact Moores Chapel Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with our dentist about possible periodontitis. Continued care and a commitment to good oral hygiene will ensure that periodontitis will not be an ongoing problem.