Periodontal disease affects the gums and is the main cause of tooth loss in adults. Maintenance can reduce the likelihood of extensive dental related issues. Dr. Zander Lin and his Registered Dental Hygienists will perform a regularly scheduled program of Periodontal Maintenance Therapy to keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy.
Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and Root planing removes etiologic agents which can cause an inflammation to gum tissue and the surrounding bone. This non-surgical therapy will remove plaque and tartar which completely cleanses the periodontium. Anyone suffering from gingivitis or moderate to severe periodontal disease will benefit from this procedure.
A Scaling and Root planing may be necessary for prevention, tooth protection, aesthetic effects, and better breath.
After a thorough examination of the mouth, Dr. Lin may decide a scaling and root planing needs to be performed. He will take X-Rays and visually examine to make the diagnosis before recommending or beginning the procedure. Depending on the condition of the gums, amount of tartar and the depth of the pockets, a local anesthetic will be used.
Scaling is performed with special tools that remove plaque and calculus from the crown and root surfaces. To help reduce the amount of oral bacteria, an irrigation process may be used to send an antimicrobial agent below the gums.
Root Planing is performed to remove any surface dentin that is embedded with microorganisms. To promote good healing and to help bacteria from forming in the future, the root of the tooth will be smoothed. The gums may them be treated with an antibiotic to help with any irritation and to help them heal quickly. The following appointment, your gums will be examined to see how well the pockets have healed and to see if additional treatment is required.
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