Early stage periodontal disease is most often treated with a nonsurgical scaling and root planing procedure in Columbia, SC. This is a treatment that will help to minimize pocket depths, which are periodontal pockets where bacteria live and destroy healthy gum and bone tissue, by about two or three millimeters.
Why Scaling and Root Planing?
• prevents periodontal disease from progressing
• removes the bacteria that destroy healthy gum tissue
• stops bleeding and eliminates swollen gums
• helps to prevent further bone and tooth loss
Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate make smiles healthy again with effective gum disease treatment. Call us today for a private consultation.
Periodontal Disease and Treatment
Early stage gum disease usually develops as a result of poor dental hygiene, although some patients are genetically prone. Plaque that accumulates on teeth will harden into tartar if it is not removed with regular brushing and flossing. This gives the bacteria in plaque an opportunity to burrow beneath the gum line where they release toxins that attack healthy gum tissue, causing it to detach from the tooth roots. As long as the infection remains untreated, the deeper it travels until eventually reaching the bone that supports the teeth. Once bone is attacked, teeth may begin to loosen and fall out.
Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical procedure that we routinely perform during the early stages of periodontal disease so that it does not become worse. It is best for patients who have this procedure to be in general good health and not have had any recent major surgeries.
• The gums are numbed with a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be administered for added comfort during the procedure.
• Special periodontal instruments, including an ultrasonic scaler, are used to clean the periodontal pockets and eliminate hidden bacteria.
• The tooth roots are also cleaned and smoothed, which encourages gum tissue reattachment.
After the Procedure
Taking good care of your teeth and gums after a scaling and root planing procedure is critical to ensuring that they heal properly. Use the prescribed mouthwash to keep the mouth free of bacteria that can reinfect the gums. Once the gums are healed, always floss and brush after meals and visit our office for regular exams and maintenance cleanings.
Early stage periodontal disease should never be ignored! If you notice that your gums are tender or bleed when eating, flossing, or brushing, we can reverse it and prevent further damage with a scaling and root planing procedure in Columbia, SC. Call Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate today for your private consultation.