Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you probably have gingivitis, one of the early stages of periodontal disease. Bleeding is not normal and is a condition that needs to be addressed. At Helms Family Dentistry, we provide effective treatment for periodontal disease.
Avoiding dental cleanings and poor home care are common reasons for the development of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic infection in your gums and bone tissue. It is the number one cause of tooth and bone loss.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
- Swollen gums
- Tender or sensitive gums and teeth
- Decay at the gum line
- Plaque and tartar buildup
At our Huntsville dental office, we believe in education. We can help you with effective home care techniques to complement your regular hygiene appointments.
In addition to the repercussions of periodontal disease on your dental health, doctors have also linked gum disease to serious systemic conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Low birth weight babies
- Respiratory illnesses
Early periodontal disease can be reversible if treated in time. That is why it is important to schedule an appointment if you suspect you may have an infection.
Periodontal Hygiene Treatments
If you have periodontal disease, Huntsville dentist Dr. Helms will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will restore your health and keep the infection under control. Your treatment may include more extensive cleanings to sterilize the area below the gum line.
Dr. Helms may also recommend medication. Depending on your condition, you be prescribed an antibiotic that is placed by the dental hygienist, below the gum line where the infection exists, or an oral rinse to aid in your treatment.
Deep Cleaning (Root Planing and Scaling)
Root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning procedure used to treat advanced periodontal disease. Your treatment may be localized to a few teeth or we may determine that your entire mouth needs a deep cleaning. Often, an antibiotic agent will be placed in areas of severe infection in order to destroy any remaining bacteria and prevent reinfection.
If advanced periodontal disease is left untreated, It's highly likely that you may lose teeth and bone tissue. Losing just one tooth can cause a chain reaction where your remaining teeth begin to tip or tilt toward the gap that's left. Replacement therapies for missing teeth are often more expensive than even the most extensive periodontal treatment.
Call Now to Schedule Your Periodontal Hygiene Appointment
If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease or it's been awhile since your last examination, you can call our office and we will find a time that works for you. We know many reasons exist for people to avoid the dentist and one of the most common is fear of pain. Our hygienist is gentle and will make sure you are completely comfortable for your treatment.
Dr. Alec Helms and our entire team look forward to partnering with you in health.