Once you have completed the initial dental check-up, and it has been determined that you do not have active gum disease, our hygienists will scale tartar and plaque from between the teeth and above the gum line. These deposits contribute to gum disease; therefore, it is imperative to be removed. This process is vital in preventing periodontitis and gingivitis. Afterwards, the teeth are flossed, polished and oral hygiene care is discussed with the patient.
Scaling and Root Planing- Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
The most conservative treatment for periodontitis or gum disease is root planing and scaling. Root planing refers to removing any remaining calculus after scaling. As well, any irregular places of the root surface below and above the gum line are smoothed out. Scaling refers to the removal plaque, tartar or calculus that attaches to the tooth surfaces.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, your condition will be treated in 2 separate visits. In each of the visits, only one half of your dental work will be managed. In order to ensure you remain comfortable while the work is being completed, a local anesthetic will be administered. Very rarely do patients report any sensitivity or minor tenderness after treatment. Due to this reason, pain medications are not prescribed. You will be advised to use Ibuprofen or Tylenol following your visit during the healing process.
Periodontal maintenance is a kind of cleaning indicated for patients who are currently undergoing treatment for gum disease or who have been treated for gum disease. This type of cleaning is administered after the patient has had a routine cleaning, been diagnosed with periodontal disease and therapy is finished, or adult prophylaxis is no longer providing adequate routine care. This visit includes localized scaling of any buildup below the gum line, removal of tartar and scaling above the gum line, checking periodontal pocket depths, flossing, polishing and review of oral hygiene technique with the patient.
The main separation between the two routine care services is the attention and time paid to the accumulation below the gum line. Patients who do not have pocketing do not have tartar below the gum line. A regular cleaning or an adult prophylaxis is the ideal prescription. If pocketing is present however, an adult prophylaxis does not provide adequate service to preserve and control the bone and gums around the teeth. Dr. Crawford and his friendly, compassionate team will help you understand which service will be the best for your particular situation.