Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
The gingiva, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for a healthy smile. These structures are referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, the stability of the teeth are jeopardized. Signs of unhealthy periodontal structures include: gingiva that is red in color and bleeds easily, persistent bad breath, gingival tissue that has pulled away from the teeth, loose teeth, tenderness or pain of the gingiva, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Some patients, however, have no warning signs or any of these symptoms. This does not mean a problem does not exist. After a comprehensive periodontal examination is performed by the hygienist, periodontal therapy may be indicated to return gingival tissue to a healthy state. The treatment involves non-surgical periodontal scaling and root planing, along with local antibiotic agents. Scaling and root planing is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces by the dental hygienist. New and advanced technology allows our hygienists to perform scaling by utilizing ultrasonic instrumentation. Both ultrasonic and manual scaling methods are combined to achieve the best results. If periodontal disease is too severe, it may need to be treated by a periodontist.