Remove or eliminate plaque and tarter build up on the tooth and root surfaces.
Depending on the severity and type of periodontal disease, treatment methods will vary. One method Dr. Taylor of The Mount Pleasant Dentist uses is a non-surgical step that usually involves a special cleaning – scaling and root planing – to remove plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and its root surfaces. The technique, "periodontal cleaning" or "periodontal deep cleaning," stimulates your gum tissue to heal and reduce pocket depths. Because of the meticulousness nature of deep cleaning, the procedure usually requires more than one office visit. Another method of periodontal deep cleaning involves surgical procedures, but normally periodontal deep cleaning of your teeth is adequate to achieve effective results.
Periodontal deep cleaning involves two processes: scaling and root planing. Each process has a separate purpose: however, the processes work together to start restoring your teeth to good health. When Dr. Taylor begins the scaling process, he scrapes away the plaque and tartar accumulated above and underneath your gum line and on the surfaces of your teeth. When he begins root planing, he smoothes away the rough places on the surface of the root of your tooth. With planing, Dr. Taylor can also remove any infected surfaces from your tooth. Working together, scaling and planing create smooth, clean, and healthy roots, which allows the gum to reattach to the roots of your teeth. Unfortunately, you cannot undo the damage caused to your teeth by periodontal disease, but you can keep the disease from getting worse by practicing preventative methods.
The periodontal deep cleaning procedure has four quadrants. Your specific dental needs may require the top left and right quadrants cleaned or the lower left and right, or all four. Because periodontal deep cleaning requires sectional cleaning, completion can involve two to four visits to our office. If you find you are fearful of having the periodontal deep cleaning procedure, Dr. Taylor offers either a local anesthesia or sedation dentistry services to make you less fearful.
Usually, the periodontal deep cleaning process sufficiently treats your gum disease and gives you a healthy start towards optimum dental health, but if the pockets around your teeth do not heal properly after scaling and root planing, you may require periodontal surgery to reduce the pocket depth. The reduction makes your teeth easier to keep clean. Surgery is only required when the tissue surrounding your tooth remains unhealthy and repair by non-surgical methods requires additional methods. Dr. Taylor will be happy to discuss additional treatment and options to remedy your periodontal disease.
After your periodontal deep cleaning, you will want to visit The Mount Pleasant Dentist more often to maintain good periodontal health by having regular scheduled dental check ups. Brushing and flossing regularly, at home, is also essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more severe or from returning.
Our goal at The Mount Pleasant Dentist is for you to have strong teeth and healthy gums. Periodontal deep cleaning helps to achieve that goal.