Periodontics refers to the care and treatment of the gums. Healthy gums are a key component to a healthy mouth and attractive smile. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, must be addressed early on and treated thoroughly in order to prevent the spread of infection. These treatments can include a root scaling and planing or, in more severe cases, surgery. Contact us today to schedule your periodontal treatment in 77379!
Considering root scaling and planing? Scaling and planing is a type of deep cleaning that aims to help the gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. In the first part, scaling, the dentist removes all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline using hand instruments. The dentist then planes the tooth roots by smoothing them out to help the gums reattach to the teeth. Planing helps keep bacteria from collecting in the form of plaque on the tooth surface. The procedure could take more than one visit to complete and may require an anesthetic. Following the procedure, the dentist may recommend medications to help control infection and pain, or to aid in healing. Schedule your scaling and planing gum disease treatment in Spring today!
If the periodontal pockets do not heal after the scaling and planing procedure, surgery may be necessary. During periodontal surgery, inflamed tissues are removed in order to prevent damage to the bone. If left to enlarge, the pockets provide a place for bacteria to live and attack the bone and tissue. Periodontal surgery can also include bone surgery, including bone grafts, and soft-tissue grafts. Ready to schedule your gum disease treatment in Spring? Contact our periodontist in Spring, TX today to discuss bone surgery, bone grafts or even soft-tissue grafts.
Once periodontal treatment is completed, your dentist will most likely want to see you at regular intervals in between your annual check-ups and cleanings.