Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, may not be reversible but that doesn’t mean it isn’t treatable. Our dentists can assess your condition and help improve your oral health by recommending the scaling and root planing procedure. This form of treatment will remove plaque from above and below the gum line to prevent bacteria from reattaching to the tooth roots.
Before you develop periodontitis, you’ll experience gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease and if treated soon enough, can be reversed. With gingivitis, you’ll mainly notice inflammation along the gum line which is the number one sign something’s up.
If you have any of the above gum disease symptoms, please contact our Ada dental office. Depending on your condition, we may recommend moving forward with scaling and root planing and possibly antibiotics.
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning that is used to treat later stages of gum disease. This procedure involves two parts and begins with scaling. First, all plaque and tartar above and below the gumline is removed. It’s important that we clean down to the bottom of each formed pocket during this step. Root planing then consists of smoothing out your teeth roots in order to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take multiple visits and will likely require the aid of a local anesthetic for a more comfortable experience.
Keep your teeth and gums in good shape with help from our dentists in Ada, MI. We can clean deeper than you’d be able to accomplish at home which will greatly reduce the amount of plaque and tartar found both above and below the gum line. Call Norman Family Dentistry today at (616) 676-9177 to request an appointment.
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