When you have a professional cleaning every six months, this removes plaque and helps protect your oral health. But what about a deep cleaning? Also known as a scaling and root planing, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist may suggest this procedure to help reverse issues like gingivitis, or to even begin the process of managing periodontal disease.
The Scaling and Root Planing
Like a routine cleaning, this treatment is designed to remove plaque from the teeth with an ultrasonic scaling device, which uses gentle vibrations to break up and remove the buildup. However, we also remove the buildup from the roots as well, which helps reduce inflammation and enable healthy gums to attach to the teeth. The treatment could be used to reverse gingivitis, or to begin managing gum disease to help you enjoy optimal oral health. The process could take between one and four visits, depending on the cause and extent of your inflammation. We complete the procedure by thoroughly polishing your smile.
The Warning Signs of Gingivitis
Remember, gingivitis could be reversed, so you avoid the onset of gum disease. Gingivitis means the gingival tissues have become inflamed and started to appear red, feel sore, or bleed easily. If not treated, then gum disease could develop as the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets from bacteria to enter. While the disease cannot be cured, treatment to manage it could help prevent the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage that is linked to issues like adult tooth loss. So, if you experience sore, red, gums that bleed easily, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call and schedule a consultation right away!
Managing Gum Disease
If you have periodontal disease and we complete a scaling and root planing, what happens next? Well, we may suggest regular dental cleanings every three to four months to help remove buildup and prevent worsening inflammation, so you avoid periodontitis and discomfort. We also have an array of treatments to address more severe cases, such as pocket reduction surgery or gum grafting. We know the key to stable and healthy smile is to protect the health of your gums, and we’re ready to do so with preventive treatment and oral surgery. If you have any further questions, or if you would like to schedule a visit for yourself or a member of your family, then please contact our team today.
Ready to Improve Your Gum Health?
We know that care for your gingival tissues could help prevent tooth loss and ensure you enjoy a full smile for years to come. To learn more about helping preserve your smile’s health and stability, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.