Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.
What is “Scaling and Root Planing?”
If your Fort Collins Dentist tells you that you will need scaling and root planing, you can plan on a deeper cleaning than normal. Typically this is done for patients who have “periodontitis” or inflammation around the bone supporting your teeth. Chronic inflammation can have major adverse effects on both your oral and systemic health. This is why our hygienists will take the extra steps to go further below your gumline to help remove the source of inflammation. This often involves the need for our hygienist to get you numb prior to the cleaning. You can expect to return 4-6 weeks after the initial scaling and root planing so that your hygienist can follow-up with you and evaluate your response to the deep cleaning. After the initial cleaning, you will continue to have deeper cleanings as needed to improve the health of your gums. Every patient has different needs, and our Spring Creek dentists and hygienists will determine how often we need to see you in order to maintain or improve your oral health.
Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quarter of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush (Sonicare) may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Your Fort Collins dentist at Spring Creek Dental may also recommend that you see a local Fort Collins Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).
Find a Dentist in Fort Collins – Spring Creek Dental Office Location
The Fort Collins dental office of Spring Creek Dental is located in the Rolland Moore Park Metro neighborhood (near Colorado State University) – 2001 South Shields St, Building C1, between Prospect and Drake — and convenient to all of Fort Collins, CO and surrounding areas. A map and driving directions to our Fort Collins dentist office location can be found by clicking here.
Ask your Fort Collins dentist if you have questions or concerns about gum disease, periodontal treatment, or dental implants. Schedule an appointment today with one of our Fort Collins dentists or dental hygienists.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 482-8883