If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may have all kinds of questions. You may be worried about saving your teeth and gums. You might also be worried about the effect gum disease might have on your mouth. You could be worried about possible pain from gum disease cleanings. We have the answers for you, and we hope more information will help you understand that scaling and root planing means less pain for your mouth, not more.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection. The bacteria in your mouth can cause a gum infection. In the early stages, gum disease can be treated with better oral hygiene habits, a toothpaste that fights periodontal disease, and visits to us. If gum disease is left untreated, it will get worse. In stages two and three of the disease, spaces between the teeth and gums will begin to develop. These spaces- called pockets- lead to even more infection for your gums.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
If left untreated, gum disease can cause excessive infections, and loss of teeth or bone in the jaw. In fact, more people lose teeth to gum disease than any other cause. One way that we can treat gum disease is through scaling and root planing. Although the name sounds horrible, it is actually a deep clean of your teeth below the gumline, as well as your gums. The procedure, because it is so thorough, can be painful. If you are worried about the pain, please talk with us. There are all sorts of medication we can use to make you feel more relaxed and pain free prior to the cleaning. If we can make the deep cleaning pain free, you are more apt to visit us frequently to get your teeth cleaned. Are you worried about your teeth, and you worry about scaling and root planing? Give us a call and let us help you with your dental cleaning.