Periodontal care involves treating unhealthy gums and teeth. Gum disease affects millions of patients and can lead to chronic bad breath, tooth loss, and jaw pain.
Unfortunately, many patients have no idea they are suffering from periodontal disease until their case has become advanced. You can minimize your risk for gum disease by practicing proper oral hygiene every day and visiting Dental Designs for regular checkups. However, gum disease is surprisingly common, so you should look for the signs of periodontal problems, including:
- Receding gums
- Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
- Holes between the teeth in the gum tissue
- Inflamed or swollen gum tissue
- Tooth loss or tooth movement
At Dental Designs, we provide gum disease treatment for every level of periodontitis, from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis.
What to Expect from Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective ways to treat gingivitis. If Dr. Farnham suggests scaling and root planing to increase your oral health, you can expect a comfortable deep cleaning process.
Before the procedure begins, our team will apply a local anesthesia on the areas about to be treated. They may provide you with dental sedation in addition to the anesthesia to keep you relaxed throughout your procedure.
Our professionals will use a scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaning instrument to clean each of the gum pockets. They will smooth out the surfaces of the teeth to prevent bacteria buildup from happening again.
After your scaling and root planing treatment, you may experience some inflammation and minor bleeding. Dr. Farnham will educate you about gentle teeth cleaning techniques that will keep your teeth plaque-free after your treatment.
See your dentist if you are suffering from the effects of gum disease. It is important to receive treatment before gum disease progresses to gum recession and tooth loss. Contact our office today!