Looking for a Periodontist? Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) is a condition that involves heavy tartar deposits below the gumlines. Removing this buildup is essential to prevent damage to the bone and tissue structures that stabilize your tooth. Otherwise, the gums can detach, and bone is lost.
During a deep cleaning (also called a “periodontal scaling and root planing”), we will thoroughly numb the area being cleaned to prevent any discomfort. Then, one of our Registered Dental Hygienists will use an ultrasonic cleaning device to lift away the calcified deposits.
Once the root has been smoothed, it is possible for the gums to reattach to the tooth, creating a healthier oral environment.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
At every new patient exam, we perform a thorough periodontal mapping of the entire mouth. This pinpoints the gum health around each tooth and identifies areas where disease may be present.
You may have gum disease if you experience symptoms like:
- Gums that are receding, leaving the roots exposed
- Pain or sensitivity when you bite and chew
- Food packing between your teeth or under your gums after each meal
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Swollen tissues around the teeth
- Bad breath
- Heavy tartar buildup
During your initial exam, we will review all of our findings with you, which are visible on a screen mounted just above your chair. After the teeth are cleaned, we may also place a localized antibiotic called Arestin to aid in the recovery of more severely infected areas. Our hygienists are happy to discuss any questions that you may have about periodontal disease or the deep cleaning process. Unbeknownst to many people, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Early intervention can prevent your teeth from becoming mobile to the point of falling out.
If you’re experiencing any symptoms of periodontitis or have not had your teeth cleaned in a long time, call West Reno Dental today to schedule a periodontal evaluation.