Preventing Gum Disease
Regular professional care protects your teeth and keeps them strong and healthy. No matter how diligent you are at taking care of your teeth at home, harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that can only be removed by a dental professional. These bacteria can cause gum disease, and significantly affect your overall health.
The bacteria that cause gum disease are the same as those linked to heart disease and other illnesses, and as many as 90% of adults have some form of gum disease.
Our dental hygienist ensure you manage your oral health properly. Our knowledgeable staff will prescribe the type and frequency of cleaning or periodontal therapy you need based on your clinical data. To treat the areas above and below the gum line we offer three basic types of procedures:
Patients diagnosed with a healthy mouth condition receive a prophylaxis or standard cleaning. This is considered a standard cleaning and is the most common. This procedure removes plaque from between the teeth and above the gum line.
Full Mouth Debridement
Patients diagnosed with gingivitis, the only reversible form of periodontal disease, typically require a full mouth debridement to remove build-up on the teeth so a full assessment can be conducted. Typically calculous has built up at the gum line and must be removed before a full assessment of the area can be diagnosed. Afterward, many patients return to a healthy mouth condition or may need to return for a deeper cleaning.
Scaling & Root Planing (SRP)
Patients diagnosed with active periodontal disease cannot benefit from a standard cleaning because they require treatment above and below the gum line. These patients generally receive SRP, in much of the same manner of treatment as used in other cleanings with an ultrasonic scaler except that it removes build-up below the gum line. In many cases bone loss is occurring or is in jeopardy at this point.
The hygienist may smooth out exposed root surfaces and may include the application of laser therapy or localized antibiotics. SRP often takes a couple visits to complete and ongoing periodontal maintenance is prescribed at regular intervals afterward. In most cases you will need more frequent maintenance to keep the gums and teeth healthy.