Periodontal Deep Cleaning
The Best Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment: Scaling And Root Planing
Gum disease or “periodontitis” affects almost half of the adult population in America but most people only find out when it’s too late! To make matters worse, if left undiagnosed or untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc not just on your mouth, but also your overall health.
We believe that non-surgical gum disease treatment should be the first option for most patients. It’s non-invasive, quick, and effective at helping gums recover naturally. The key is early detection and prevention.
At Always About Smiles, we are expertly trained to diagnose and treat periodontitis. Come in for a comprehensive dental check-up, so we can detect early signs of gum disease before it’s too late!
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Gum disease is hard to detect. There are even cases where patients don’t experience any symptoms at all! But in case you experience any of the following symptoms, you should see us immediately:
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in mouth
- Loose teeth
Complications Of Gum Disease
Patients with gum disease are often unable to perform effective oral hygiene practices. Dental anxiety can also cause patients to skip routine dental appointments, resulting in build-up, tartar, calcified plaque, and bacterial growth.
If left untreated, these can infect healthy gum tissue, and can cause teeth to loosen or even lead to tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to other health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, certain kinds of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
When you set an appointment at our dental practice, Dr. Lambert will conduct a thorough comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums including a review of your dental and medical history, an oral cancer screening, and any necessary diagnostic digital x-rays.
We’ll also use radiographs to detect pockets of bacteria and determine which teeth can be salvaged non-surgically.
Non-Surgical Treatments For Different Types Of Gum Disease
Non-surgical gum treatments are essentially periodontal deep cleanings, in which we use specialized equipment to get deep into the gum pocket. Healthy gums are carefully treated with a preventive teeth polishing procedure. If gingivitis or gum disease is present, Dr. Lambert will perform a combination of hand instrument scaling and root planing depending on the amounts of hard and soft bacterial buildups present in the gum pockets.
- Scaling removes plaque and calculus above the gumline.
- Root Planing removes embedded plaque and calculus below the gumline
Ultrasonic scaling machines are utilized to make the process as efficient as possible while also providing maximum comfort to the patient.
Always About Smiles: Professional Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatments
Treating gum disease doesn’t always require surgery – it’s important to explore non-invasive options first.
At Always About Smiles, we tackle problems at the source with our specialized equipment and expertise. Get in touch with our dental practice today for the best non-surgical periodontal care in Bethlehem, PA.