Treatments and Procedures
Despite the dramatic negative health risks that are linked to gum disease, people who have it often go undiagnosed. Current research suggests a link between periodontal disease with premature birth, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We at Auburn Periodontics & Implantology believe your whole health is important, so it is most definitely a condition we take seriously and treat immediately. Depending on the severity of the disease, there are different types of treatments that Dr. Haynes recommends.
Scaling and Root PlaningScaling and root planing is a special type of treatment that goes deeper below the gum line to remove contaminated debris and bacteria, most often performed on patients with active periodontal disease.
A professional polishing, or prophy, removes only the soft sticky plaque and hard crusty calculus that is above the gum line on the crown of the tooth. Scaling and root planing is done to remove soft sticky plaque and hard crusty calculus that is loaded with bacteria, around and below the gum line on root surfaces. It is a method of treating gum disease when pockets formed around the teeth have a measurement of greater than 3mm and there is evidence of bleeding and tissue attachment loss.
ScalingScaling is a procedure that meticulously removes contaminated biofilm, plaque, calculus, microorganisms and toxins from around the gum line down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket, in order to obtain a healing response.
Root PlaningRoot planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth with thin instruments so gum tissue can more firmly reattach to roots that are clean and smooth, to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity problems. This procedure makes it more difficult for plaque, calculus and bacteria to accumulate along these root surfaces.
Because this procedure goes deeper than a regular cleaning, your mouth may be numbed. The cleaning may take one to six visits to complete. Depending on the extent of the disease, you may need one or more quadrants of the mouth to be treated with scaling and root planing.