How is Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treated?
We at Kooning Family Dentistry aim to remove plaque and tartar before they can cause gum disease or necessitate further intervention. However, if you are one of the many Americans living with gum disease, we can offer several treatment options to restore your healthy, vibrant smile. Luckily, gum disease is fairly simple to reverse if it’s caught in the early stages. Thorough oral hygiene, achieved through simple practices like brushing after each meal and flossing once a day, can do wonders to prevent gum disease. You should also maintain regular appointments to our Lake Oswego, OR office for professional cleaning and exams. Gum disease that is allowed to progress into more severe stages can have lasting consequences, so it’s important to take great care of your teeth every day.
Scaling and Root PlaningScaling and root planing, also referred to as “conventional periodontal therapy” or “non-surgical periodontal therapy” is a type of deep cleaning procedure recommended for patients experiencing gum disease.
Scaling and root planing is done under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. The procedure is a deep-cleaning method during which we remove the build-up of plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line. Scaling is when we scrape the plaque and hardened tartar from the gumline. Root planing is when rough spots on the tooth root are made smooth again, removing bacteria and leaving a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth.
Periodontal Disease MaintenanceFor our patients who have already undergone treatment for gum disease, we typically recommend an ongoing procedure called periodontal disease maintenance. This procedure consists primarily of a deep cleaning by one of our dental professionals to ensure that the deep periodontal “pockets” associated with prior gum disease do not become infected again. These cleanings are vital to restoring and maintain healthy gums and bones.
Periodontal disease maintenance also usually includes thorough dental exams, discussions of your dental health and current oral hygiene habits, x-rays, and application of any necessary medications to the teeth and gums. Periodontal disease maintenance appointments should typically be scheduled for every three months to keep new bacteria growth at bay, but their frequency will ultimately depend on your specific needs.
Questions About Gum Disease Treatment?Do you still have questions about what gum disease is, or would you like to learn more? Call our office at (503) 675-4594 today to schedule a check-up and discuss your options to treat gum disease.