Periodontal disease, also known as ‘gum disease’, is a common but potentially serious condition caused by an infection of the gum tissue. Periodontal disease happens when bacteria are allowed to sit on the teeth long enough to become plaque, this plaque will harden over time to become tartar which serves as a barrier that prevents you from properly cleaning your teeth.
When tartar forms, only a dental professional using specialized equipment can properly remove the buildup. If left untreated, periodontal disease can be quite dangerous, not only threatening the structural integrity of your teeth, but it’s also commonly associated with heart and lung disease as well.
The best way to prevent gum disease is with good oral hygiene; brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing regularly go a long way to keeping bacteria from settling on the surface of your teeth. Another excellent preventative method is visiting the dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleaning.
If the disease has been allowed to progress enough, the most common treatment is scaling and root planing.
This treatment is also referred to as a ‘deep cleaning’. The procedure involves removing the plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and below the gum line to prevent further damage to the teeth.
After we administer a local anesthetic, we use special instruments to loosen plaque and scrape away hardened tartar. We do this by scraping at the gum line and reaching the base of teeth crowns.
Periodontal disease can damage the surface layers of the tooth. Root planing involves getting below the gum to remove plaque at the tooth root. This procedure also calls for the complete removal of cementum, a thin film of calcified material that covers the tooth. This is necessary to completely remove all the bacterial buildup and save the tooth from further damage.
At Applewood Dental, we want to protect your teeth from the pitfalls of poor oral hygiene. If you are suffering from gum disease, don’t let it get worse, call us today!
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