Gum disease is a serious problem that must be addressed immediately with professional care.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that, without the right treatment, can even affect the bone that supports your teeth. The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, shows gums that are red and swollen and bleed easily because of a build-up of plaque. Gingivitis can be reversed with thorough, careful oral care including brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to the dentist.
Untreated gum disease can progress to periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that can become infected. Without expert periodontal treatment, the gums, bone and tissue that support the teeth become damaged and tooth loss is inevitable.
Treating Periodontitis with Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning to remove the plaque takes place in 2 steps. Scaling is when we scrape off all the plaque and tartar below and above the gum line, cleaning down to the bottom of the pocket.
The next step is root planing or smoothing. This is required to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
Scaling and root planing may have to be done more than once for complete cleaning. A local anesthesia is usually applied.
In some cases, a laser may be used to remove the plaque and tartar. Laser treatment can result in less swelling, bleeding and discomfort.
Frequent Cleanings Essential for Those with Periodontitis
Studies show that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease take about 90 days to re-colonize. Once you have had a deep cleaning, you must schedule a dental cleaning every 3 months. This 3-month maintenance schedule will ensure that you don’t get active periodontal disease again.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.