Gum disease is a serious condition that can cost you your smile. Unfortunately when most people find out that they have gum disease, they are turned off by their dentist suggesting periodontal procedures to treat the condition when in the past all that was ever needed was a routine cleaning. Unfortunately, periodontal disease does require more than just a preventive cleaning if the active disease is going to be eliminated.
During non-surgical periodontal therapy, the diseased areas of your mouth will be treated with a more extensive cleaning that addresses even the smallest amount of buildup on hard-to-reach root surfaces. Without removing this buildup, the gum tissue continues to detach from the tooth, until so much bone is lost that the tooth falls out. During the deep cleaning, the root surface is cleaned and smoothed so that the area is eliminated of bacteria and new deposits will have a harder time developing on the tooth. The hygienist will typically use a gentle ultrasonic scaler to remove a bulk of the deposits, with some hand scaling taking place as well. It is fairly common for some patients to request local anesthesia for the procedure, but it can also be completed without it, or just with nitrous oxide gas.
Putting perio therapy off will only allow the disease condition to become more extensive. It is easier to treat and reverse the condition in its earlier stages than it is when it is severe. Early perio therapy is the only option for non-surgical treatment that will strengthen your smile and give you the clean environment that you need to improve your gum health.
Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental
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