Did you know that gum disease affects nearly half of American adults? Many do not realize they have it. When it’s treated early, while it’s only gingivitis, the mild symptoms can be overcome through healthy oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings. However, during more advanced stages, the infection requires more complex care. To reverse gum disease, our periodontist performs scaling and root planing in Lockport, using this conservative treatment effectively to restore your soft tissues. Contact our office for an appointment today if you have bleeding, swelling, and tenderness in your gums.
After a thorough examination, including digital imaging, our board-certified, in-house periodontist will need to determine if a patient requires this treatment, which is often referred to as a deep cleaning. Judging by the severity of the infection, specifically if the disease has progressed from gingivitis to periodontitis, we may recommend this method of treatment.
Common symptoms necessitating scaling and root planing include:
When we perform scaling and root planing, we start by removing plaque and tartar buildup from around the teeth. We then clear out trapped bacteria within the gum pockets below the gumline. This is the part referred to as scaling. Next, root planing involves smoothing out the rough roots of teeth, which stops bacteria from reinfecting the area and facilitates gum reattachment to teeth.
This treatment is often completed in one or two appointment, but keep in mind that additional visits may be necessary to get the infection under control. In addition, we make sure that our patients are comfortable throughout treatment through the use of local anesthesia and sedation, as needed.
When scaling and root planing are performed by a trusted periodontist in Lockport, you can expect to enjoy many benefits, including: