A periodontal treatment, or cleaning, is necessary when a patient has developed gum disease. During a routine cleaning, our dentist at Willow Glen Dental Care, will remove plaque buildup on top of the teeth and tartar that has built up below the gum line. The dentist will also use specific instruments to gently remove this buildup from the mouth's hard-to-reach areas to ensure that no bacteria is left to cause further damage. Finally, the dentist will use an antimicrobial rinse on the area to kill off any remaining bacteria and to help the patient prevent other infections.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a severe gum infection that can result in tooth loss if not treated quickly. When plaque is not removed through flossing and brushing, it hardens into tartar at the gum line. Bacteria and toxins found in plaque irritate the gums and cause inflammation. Swelling causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating small pockets that provide a home for bacteria and their byproducts. This eventually results in tooth loss or even jawbone deterioration. Good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings are essential for preventing gum disease.
The Benefits of Periodontal Treatment
A dental treatment, such as scaling and root planing, can effectively treat mild periodontal disease. These treatments can significantly reduce gum bleeding and inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissue. Scaling and root planing does not require an anesthetic because it only targets the teeth and gums in the affected area. Keep in mind that this procedure can be repeated if necessary. Patients who do not respond to one round of scaling and root planing may need to undergo alternative periodontal treatments, such as deep pocket cleaning or flap surgery. In some cases, oral antibiotics may be necessary to treat an infection before it can be properly treated.
Because scaling and root planing are relatively non-invasive, healing time is minimal. Patients may notice discomfort after the procedure, which can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, patients often experience little to no pain after treatment. Depending on the severity of the condition, most patients achieve optimal results after three to six office visits.
After undergoing professional teeth cleaning, many patients report that they can feel an immediate improvement in their oral health. The treatment removes plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and along the gum line, helping restore a healthy smile for patients. Additionally, the treatment reduces the likelihood of gingivitis and other severe conditions related to the gums. Patients who successfully undergo this treatment are less likely to need further care.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of professional teeth cleaning, visit Willow Glen Dental Care at 1600 Willow St, Suite 203, San Jose, CA 95125, or call (408) 978-0911 to schedule an appointment.