Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease can even lead to other health complications including heart disease and stroke. Some studies are linking periodontitis to Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the American Dental Association, over 65 million adults in the United States suffer from gum disease, and although it is curable and treatable in its early stages, some leave it untreated, which will eventually lead to tooth loss.
If your dentist in Orange County, Dr. Lindy Beverly, discovers gum disease during a thorough dental exam, she will recommend a deep cleaning to help your gums heal.
Root Planning and Scaling
Root Planing and Scaling is recommended if you are diagnosed with gum disease. If tartar or calculus is present under your gum line, it allows bacteria to thrive. That hard substance on your teeth is impossible to remove at home and must be taken care of with a professional deep cleaning.
If inflammation is present, your body’s immune system will attack the infection causing pockets between your teeth and gums. If gum disease is left untreated, it will progress causing loose teeth and eventual bone loss. Ultimately, you will lose at least one of your teeth.
The Deep Cleaning Procedure
If a deep cleaning is needed, the team from Orange Coast Cosmetic Dentistry will decide whether an anesthetic is required. Dr. Beverly may also decide to do one quadrant or section of your mouth at a time depending on the severity of your gum disease.
When your mouth is prepared a special tool or laser will be used to remove the tartar and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth known as root scaling. Once the teeth have been scaled, another instrument will be used for planing. This process makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to grow.
After the procedure, you may or may not need an antibiotic. Dr. Beverly may fill the pockets with a medication that will be removed at your next dental appointment.