Remove or eliminate plaque and tarter build up on the tooth and root surfaces.
Dr. Koch of Advanced Dental Care in Jasper, Texas, can perform various methods of treatment for periodontal disease, depending on the type and level of severity of the disease. The first treatment he will perform is a special cleaning, called scaling and root planing. This procedure is non-surgical and involves the removal of plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. Referred to as "periodontal cleaning" or "perio deep cleaning," the cleaning helps gum tissue to heal and reduces the depth of the socket created around the tooth. Because Dr. Koch and his hygienist wants to be thorough with the deep cleaning, sometimes the treatment can take more than one visit. If the periodontal disease has developed to a more severe level, the second step Dr. Koch may perform involves surgical methods, but it is only in rare cases that the deep cleaning does not produce effective results.
Perio deep cleaning consists of two parts: scaling and root planing. The parts have different purposes but work together to start restoring your teeth to good health. Scaling scrapes away the plaque and tartar that has accumulated above and below the gum line and on the surfaces of your teeth. Root planing smoothes away the rough places on the root surfaces and removes any infected surface from the tooth. Scaling and planing smooths the clean and healthy roots, allowing the gum to reattach to the roots of your teeth. You cannot reverse the damage caused to your teeth by periodontal disease; however, you can stop the disease and practice prevention.
Deep cleaning treatment consists of four quadrants. To be an effective treatment, Dr. Koch might be required to clean the top left and right quadrants of your tooth or the lower left and right quadrants, or all four. Because the procedure requires Dr. Koch to clean your tooth in sections to be thorough, a successful periodontal cleaning can take between two and four visits to Advanced Dental Care. If you are fearful about the deep cleaning procedure, Dr. Koch offers sedation dentistry services to ease your concerns.
As a rule, the periodontal cleaning adequately treats your gum disease and starts you on your way to a healthy dental régime, but if the deep cleaning is unsuccessful in reducing the pockets around your teeth, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce the pocket depth and make your teeth easier to keep clean. Surgery is only required when the tissue around the tooth continues to be unhealthy and the attempted repair by non-surgical methods proves unsuccessful. If so, Dr. Koch will discuss further treatment and options available to you.
After your deep cleaning treatment, you want to visit Advanced Dental Care more often to continue your good periodontal health. You will also want to practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing regularly. Your active participation in maintaining optimum dental health care is essential to keep periodontal disease from becoming more severe or from returning.