Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems in the nation. According to a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two adults in the United States has gum disease. When it’s diagnosed early on, Dr. Shanaka can customize a treatment plan for you and reverse the symptoms, restoring your oral health. However, if it’s left untreated, the condition could cause permanent damage to your smile. That’s why our team’s goal at Tarpon Shores Dental is to provide patients with thorough preventive care that allows us to take care of the small problems before they have a chance to progress. If you’ve experienced any signs of this common issue, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a checkup today.
You may have heard of the scaling and root planing process referred to as a deep cleaning before. These are the same gum disease treatment commonly used to help patients who are exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms. During the early stages of this disease, a simple cleaning and regular at-home oral hygiene can reverse the condition. However, when plaque and tartar have an opportunity to accumulate in your mouth, causing other signs of the disease, you may require a thorough and deep cleaning treatment to give your gums a chance to heal.
A deep cleaning is often recommended for patients who have not maintained good dental hygiene at-home or haven’t been to the dentist in awhile for a checkup and cleaning. These can result in tartar buildup along the gumline, which commonly causes signs of gum disease, including:
If you experience any of these symptoms and come in for an examination, we’ll inspect the condition of your gums, measure your gum pockets, assess the severity of tartar and plaque buildup, and determine what stage the gum disease has progressed to. Based on all of these factors, we may suggest scaling and root planing periodontal therapy.
Scaling and root planing typically takes place over the course of two appointments. During the first, Dr. Shanaka will use a dental scaler to remove any plaque or tartar located on the surface of your teeth or the gumline. Your second appointment will consist of the root planing process. This is when he will smooth out the roots of your teeth to allow your gums to reattach to them, protecting them from being accessed by harmful oral bacteria.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about gum disease treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our office or schedule a checkup.