Periodontal Treatment

Jackson Periodontal Treatment DentistsBeyond the early stage of gingivitis, gum disease is no longer reversible and requires regular periodontal treatment to manage the condition. Our Jackson dentists can help you do just that with a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing.

Though advanced gum disease is long-term, treatment is still necessary and can help prevent tooth loss.

Signs You Have Gum Disease

When gums are healthy, they appear firm and pale pink. The tissue should also fit nicely around each tooth. Having this image in mind will make it very obvious when something is wrong with your gums and periodontitis has set in.

Common signs you may have developed periodontitis include:

  • Puffy, swollen, or bright red gums
  • Gums that easily start bleeding or are tender when touched
  • Bad breath
  • Noticeable pain while chewing
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Receding gums
  • Existence of pus between teeth and gums

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

You can think of scaling and root planing as a step above what occurs during a standard teeth cleaning appointment. The two nonsurgical components combined are designed to deep clean tartar from the surface of each affected tooth and the tooth roots beneath the gum line.

During the scaling portion of the procedure, one of our hygienists will use an ultrasonic scaler to scrape away plaque and tartar both above and below your gum line. They will also use the tool to clean all the way down to the pocket that has formed due to the gums pulling away from your teeth.

Planing will come next and deals mainly with the roots of your teeth. Our hygienist will literally “plane” or smooth out any rough patches of tartar on your tooth’s roots. Doing so will help your gum tissue reattach to your teeth.

After scaling and root planing has been performed, both bacteria and plaque are less likely to become stuck on your treated teeth. Any inflammation will also decrease as the area heals.

Our dentists urge you to continue brushing your teeth at least twice a day at home and floss once daily. Incorporating an oral rinse or mouthwash is also recommended.

Call Our Dentists Today

Gum disease cannot be cured, unfortunately. What our dentists in Jackson, MI, can do is remove tartar that has built up on teeth as well as below your gum line. This process will greatly improve the health of your smile and reduce the negative effects of periodontitis. Call The Dental Experience today at (517) 787-5367 to request an appointment.