Gum disease is a common but serious oral health issue that can affect the gums, teeth, and jawbone as well as a patient’s overall health and wellness. Whether you’re in the early stages of gum disease or need advanced periodontal treatment, our team at Overland Park Family Dental is here to help. We offer routine teeth cleanings and exams as well as deep cleanings to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal dental health. Contact our office today!
What are the stages of gum disease?
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, marked by inflamed and bleeding gums, but with no bone or tissue damage, and it is completely reversible. If left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, where plaque hardens into tartar, causing gum recession and forming pockets between gums and teeth, leading to further infection. Moderate periodontitis involves increased pocket depth, bone loss, and tooth mobility. Finally, advanced periodontitis can lead to severe bone and tissue destruction, often resulting in tooth loss.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical periodontal therapy to treat gum disease. This procedure involves two main steps. First, scaling, where our team removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline using special instruments. Then, root planing smooths out the tooth roots to remove any remaining bacteria, making it harder for them to adhere to the surface. This process aids in the healing of gum tissues and prevents further progression of gum disease.
How many deep dental cleanings should I schedule per year?
The frequency of deep dental cleanings, or scaling and root planing, depends on an individual’s oral health condition. For patients with healthy gums and no signs of gum disease, a regular dental cleaning every six months is typically sufficient. However, for those diagnosed with gingivitis or early-stage periodontal disease, more frequent cleanings may be necessary. In such cases, our office may recommend scaling and root planing treatments every three to four months to manage the condition effectively.
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