Optimal gum health requires regular maintenance and attention, just as you do for your teeth. If, however, advanced gum disease has led to more severe symptoms, you can count on scaling and root planing, a treatment that is expertly done here at Nik Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Two other common terms for scaling and root planing are a periodontal cleaning, and deep cleaning. They are similar to the teeth cleanings that you get when come in for a twice-yearly examination. The big difference is that our periodontist South Riding has to dig down to your roots in order to get out the plaque and tartar that have congregated there. Gum disease initially forms when plaque and tartar result in redness and irritation. Those are the indications of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. It is usually halted from progressing, and its effects reversed by a teeth cleaning. But when your gum disease becomes advanced, or what is known as periodontitis, the signs are more alarming. Among them are persistent bad breath, receding gums, bleeding when you brush your teeth, erosion of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth. It becomes an urgent matter then to see our periodontist South Riding for scaling and root planing. Time is of the essence. You could end up losing teeth if advanced gum disease is not addressed in a timely manner. Once the process of deep cleaning has been completed, your gums should begin to return to a more healthy state, in which they are pink an vibrant and strong.
It’s important to remember that as your gums go, so go your teeth. You cannot maintain strong teeth without the foundation that your gums give them. So contact our office and set up a convenient time to come in and be examined and treated by our periodontist South Riding.