Deep cleaning is an important part of addressing periodontal disease. To remove all the tartar and plaque, Dr. Malek may perform non-surgical procedures that clean above and below the gum line. These are known as Scaling and Root Planing.
When we treat periodontal disease, we often begin with a deep cleaning of your teeth. This removes tartar and plaque both above and below the gum line. The non-surgical procedures we use are called Scaling and Root Planing. These procedures each address specific areas of the tooth, and work together to thoroughly clean and prep the mouth for any future work that will be done.
Both of these procedures are designed to clean, smooth, and remove bacteria from teeth surfaces.
The scaling procedure is used on teeth surfaces just above and below the gum line. A special ultrasonic cleaner removes the build-up, and an antimicrobial rinse can be used to help control bacterial growth.
The rooting process deep-cleans teeth roots and smooths the surface. By doing this, it helps eliminate the rough surfaces bacteria can cling to, as well as encourage regrowth of gum tissue. As with scaling, an antimicrobial rinse may be used, as well as applying antibiotics directly to infected pockets.
The scaling and rooting procedures are effective for preventing tooth loss, improving general health by removing infection that can enter the bloodstream, help with bad breath, and improve the looks of your smile.
Also known as periodontitis, gum disease starts with bacterial growth in the mouth. When your gums and bone begin to pull away from your teeth, bacteria collects, infection sets in, and tooth, tissue, and bone loss will begin.
The onset of gum disease can be subtle. Be alert for the following symptoms, and contact us for an appointment so that we can begin to treat the problem, and help you avoid surgery.
Contact Malek Periodontics today to schedule an appointment and be on your way to a healthy smile, healthy life.