Gum disease affects many Americans each year. Preventing gum disease is the best way to ward off gingivitis and periodontitis along with other gum problems that can cause missing teeth. At Highland Dental we provide periodontal therapy in Smyrna for patients who have gum disease and need periodontal scalings or root planings, which is a deeper level of cleaning designed to rid the teeth pockets of bacteria.
Gum disease can happen when food and debris get trapped in between the teeth and gums, causing infection or inflammation. Mild gingivitis can be reversed with a proper brushing and flossing regimen and periodontal therapy in Smyrna until symptoms are reversed. If the pocket between the gum and tooth has filled with bacteria and plaque, it can irritate the surrounding gum tissue even more, causing gingivitis and periodontal disease. If the condition goes on for too long, it can cause damage to the bone and structure surrounding it, resulting in lost teeth, gum or bone. If the pockets of the gums have filled up with too much bacteria and are lower than 4mm, we recommend a deep cleaning and periodontal scaling or root planing.
A periodontal scaling and root planing is a deeper cleaning stage that allows our dentist to get deep into the pockets of the gums in order to remove the bacteria causing gum loss. Bacteria accumulates rapidly and must be cleaned and removed from the pockets, where they can cause extensive damage. The early stages of gingivitis can be reversed if no permanent damage has been done. Periodontal therapy in Smyrna can help reverse gum disease, along with good oral hygiene habits. Regular annual cleanings are also important to remove tooth debris and food from in between gums. Flossing and brushing can help remove bacteria from the teeth that cause plaque and tartar.