Nearly half of all Americans experience different types of gum diseases throughout their lives. Many people tend to believe that surgery is the only intervention worthy of preventing periodontal disease. However, this depends on the root of the problem since not everyone with bleeding gums requires a surgical procedure. At our office Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston, we offer non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease effectively.
Periodontitis and Treatment
Periodontitis is a deep-rooted infection caused by pathogenic bacteria that destroy the gum, tooth root, and slowly destroys the bone that supports the teeth. This results in a loss of soft supporting tissue of the teeth and hence, the teeth tissue itself. Some significant periodontal disease signs include swollen and bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, chronic bad breath, or loosened teeth. Regular cleaning is often ineffective in curing periodontitis.
A myriad of treatments for gum disease depend on the stage, how the client may have reacted to prior treatments, and their overall physical and mental health. The procedures may involve many non-surgical therapies that control bacterial growth and restore supportive tissue altogether.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleaning is one of the most straightforward options. While coming in for a regular check-up, our dentist will remove tartar and plaque (a sticky film that forms on the tooth surface and hardens) from above and below the teeth' gumline. If you have few gum disease signs, our oral hygienist may recommend a professional tooth cleaning more than twice a year. It is essential that you remember that two-times-a-year cleansing does not cure the disease but is an excellent preventative measure against it.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is an excellent pair of treatment procedures. Scaling is a deep cleaning measure that includes removing plaque from above and below the gumline. The root is also smoothened through planing to allow the tissue to heal and reattach itself to the tooth. Local anesthesia is applied to numb the targeted area and make the procedure much more comfortable. Antibiotics may be recommended as a means of controlling the toxic bacteria from spreading further that cause periodontitis.
In the early stages of the disease, scaling and root planing may be the only procedure needed to bring the inflamed gums under control. However, a series of hygiene control and regular maintenance will increase the chances of keeping your teeth naturally intact while decreasing the chances of serious health problems linked with periodontitis.
Maintenance and Care
For many clients, further treatments become unnecessary once they get scaling and root planing procedures done. Still, some patients need to go for maintenance therapy for sustaining better oral health. If you or someone you know is leaning more towards non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease, visit our office Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston to find out the best treatment plan. You can also call our number 713-785-9599 and book your consultation in advance today.