Periodontal cleaning is a treatment for gum disease, or periodontitis, which helps dentists lessen the effects of gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums caused by decay and poor dental hygiene or by certain types of bacteria. By giving the gums a professional cleaning, periodontal disease can be halted or reversed in many cases, especially if the disease is caught in its early stages.
Generally, if periodontal disease is not well-advanced, tartar will have built up on the surface of the teeth near the gum line. This may require a deep scaling and cleaning of the tartar using special instruments and techniques. This procedure is a bit more advanced than a simple tartar scaling performed during each bi-annual checkup; it involves, in some cases, working under the gum line to remove tartar building which has already reached toward the root of the tooth. This tartar removal is necessary to prevent pockets from forming in which decay can move into the tooth itself.
A good periodontal cleaning prevents a host of other problems, such as rapid tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. Further, it controls pain and bleeding from infected gums. Other measures such as smoothing and polishing teeth also help to delay the re-formation of plaque which leads to gum disease.
Many tools are used in periodontal cleaning such as computer-aided and electronic scalers. These tools provide a better arsenal for a dentist to use in fighting gingivitis and plaque buildup. New instruments can actually show the dentist areas under the gumline where tartar buildup is heaviest; however, there is no replacement for a professional dentist’s skill in these techniques.
Periodontal cleaning is one of the best ways to prevent future problems with your teeth and to avoid the painful and invasive techniques necessary to solve serious periodontal problems. If you suspect you have gingivitis, do not wait; see your dentist immediately for an evaluation.
Dr. Ghasri, our dentist in West Hollywood, has helped many patients with periodontal cleanings. If you are suffering from gum disease or discomfort, talk to Dr. Ghasri about your periodontal options.
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