Periodontal (gum) disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults, with 80 percent of adults having some form of periodontal problem. It is often painless and most adults are unaware that they have a problem. Dentists at Dr. Alan Macks, DMD are trained to treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease by evaluating and assessing your periodontal tissues, scaling and polishing of teeth and giving home care instructions based on individual needs.
Periodontitis has also been linked to more serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease and stroke because of the inflammation involved. For this reason, it is important to incorporate a system of regular check-ups to detect and prevent the development of periodontal disease.
Scaling & root planing are non-surgical procedures which completely cleanse the periodontium and work very effectively for individuals suffering from gingivitis and moderate/severe periodontal disease.
Scaling and Root Planing Treatments are only performed after a thorough examination of the mouth. The dentist will take X-rays, conduct visual examinations and make a diagnosis before recommending or beginning these procedures. Depending on the current condition of the gums, the amount of calculus (tartar) present, the depth of the pockets and the progression of the periodontitis, local anesthetic may be used.
Scaling – This procedure is usually performed with special dental instruments and may include an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool removes calculus and plaque from the surface of the crown and root surfaces. In many cases, the scaling tool includes an irrigation process that can also be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums that can help reduce oral bacteria.
Root Planing – This procedure is a specific treatment which serves to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed to promote good healing. Having clean, smooth root surfaces helps prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in future.
We also offer:
- Gum Surgery
- Gum Graft Surgery
- Crown Lengthening
- Pocket Reduction Procedures
- Regenerative Procedures
- Teeth in a Day
Call us today to schedule your appointment.