The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than half of American adults have some form of gum disease or periodontitis. That means gums that are bleeding, red, swollen, pulling away from tooth roots and infected to one extent or another. Not only does this condition loosen teeth and cause gum and jaw bone recession, but gum disease affects many aspects of overall health, particularly the cardiovascular system.
What's the Solution?
The solution for active gum disease may be scaling and root planing. Performed at the offices of Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA, this important dental service restores the health and function of gum tissue damaged by excessive plaque and tartar build-up at and beneath the gum line. Doctors Adam Danzig, Barry H. Danzig and Lili Tayari advise the procedure when they discover symptoms of periodontitis upon oral examination.
Periodontal probing is part of a routine dental exam. It measures gum pocket depth, an indicator of periodontal health. When the depth of the space between gums and tooth enamel is greater than 3 mm, dentists become concerned and often advise in-office scaling and root planing to restore gum tissue.
Scaling and Root Planing
Your Billerica dentist uses topical anesthetic to make this procedure more comfortable. He or she then employs a hand scaler or ultrasonic cleaner to remove plaque and tartar build-up between teeth and under the gums. For very deep cleaning, the mouth may be divided into quadrants, with scaling done one section at a time.
Cleaning extends to the root surfaces where the dentist removes hard tartar and smooths root surfaces so that the gums can reattach to the teeth. He or she may instill antimicrobial medication to quell the infection and prescribe special at-home rinses or medication to aid healing.
Periodontal Treatments are Helpful
Keep gums healthy with twice daily brushing and flossing. Also, your Billerica dentists advises semi-annual exams and hygienic cleanings to keep ahead of plaque and tartar. While some individuals are more prone to periodontal disease than others (diabetics, cancer patients, people with gum disease in their families), much gum disease is preventable with good dental hygiene. When gum health deteriorates, though, scaling and root planing proves effective in restoring tissue to good function and longevity.
Concerned About Your Gums?
Contact Grateful Dentists right away for an exam and cleaning appointment. Your gums are critical to your oral health and overall well-being, too. Doctors Barry H. Danzig, Adam Danzig and Lil Tayari will be pleased to discuss ways to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful. Call (978) 667-2741 to speak to a member of the team.