Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, can lead to more than just an unsightly smile—it can cause loss of teeth & eventually, if left untreated, other more serious health problems.

Man, woman, and child smiling outsideIf you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, we will recommend that you come in for a deep clean. While it may sound like just a more intense teeth clean, deep cleans are actually the gold standard of treatment for patients diagnosed with gum disease. This procedure is also sometimes referred to as “scaling & root planing” or “periodontal therapy”.

In periodontal disease, swollen unhealthy gums start to pull away from the teeth because pockets form where infection-causing plaque & tartar accumulate. During a deep clean, the dentist or hygienist removes plaque, tartar & bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth & tooth roots. The dentist or hygienist then smoothes the surface of the tooth root to make it harder for bacteria to stick in the future & easier for the gums to re-attach.

What Is Gum Disease?

Called gingivitis in its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth’s soft tissues. Early warning signs of this disease include red, swollen or bleeding gums. If caught early, we can help you reverse the damage. If detected late, we can use one of the many effective restorative dentistry procedures to restore your mouth to its healthy & beautiful state. We can help you keep your teeth & gums strong & disease free with regular examinations & cleans plus specialised interventions to treat periodontal disease if needed.

Benefits of Deep Cleans

While deep cleans cannot cure periodontal disease, they can slow or stop its progression. Deep cleans can reduce the need for surgical intervention in the future & often helps swollen bleeding gums become healthy & pink again.

If you have gum disease, we may recommend that deep cleans, along with periodontal maintenance checkups, become part of your routine dental visits.

Overview of Periodontal Treatments

Management of periodontal disease also involves a variety of other treatments in addition to deep cleans. Periodontal therapy involves the enhancement of the gum tissue that holds your teeth in place. Diseased tissue must be replaced with healthy tissue whenever possible. If gum disease has caused severe gum recession, gum grafting may be necessary to move gum tissue back into place so that tooth roots are no longer exposed. We will also tackle the bacterial infection in your tissues directly by applying topical antibacterial or antibiotic solutions, either on their own or in conjunction with the treatment already mentioned.

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At Pacific Dental, Dr Ruchi & her team are dedicated to saving teeth & preventing dental problems before they arise. We keep your gums healthy for a beautiful, long-lasting smile!