If you are experiencing red, swollen and bleeding gums, these are the first signs of early-stage periodontal disease. If left untreated plaque will continue to build up, and the gum pockets will grow deeper. This will contribute to more inflammation and rapid accumulation of plaque that is more difficult to clean. After the sticky layer hardens and becomes tartar, it can no longer be effectively removed with regular brushing and flossing. Periodontal treatment is the only way to end the progression of gum disease and prevent teeth and bone loss.
At Lutke Dental, periodontal treatment or gum disease treatment is a two-step process that involves a deep cleaning beneath the gum line.
At Lutke Dental, our gum specialist dentist will perform scaling and root planing to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria at the root.
Scaling completely removes plaque, bacteria, and tartar above and beneath the gum line. Our dental experts will clean the entire area, all the way down to the floor of the gum pocket. Once the scaling process is complete, the root planing procedure will commence. Your dentist will smooth the root surface so the gums can reattach and heal properly.
It may take one or more visits to achieve the desired results. Afterward, a follow-up visit will be booked to see how well your gums have healed and to measure the depth of your gum pockets. Additional treatment may be necessary if the pockets have gotten any deeper.
If you have a serious oral health condition more aggressive periodontal gum disease treatment may be needed, your dentist in Plano may recommend laser gum surgery. This modern procedure replaces the scalpel with a laser. No cutting means no stitches are needed, a faster recovery time, less sensitivity and root exposure, and less bleeding compared to traditional endodontic surgery at our dental clinic.