How Gingivitis Begins
Gingivitis (mild gum disease) is a common condition, but if left untreated, it can cause significant tooth and gum decay. Even the word “gingivitis” can strike panic in a patient’s mind.
Here’s how it begins: plaque and tartar that sit on the teeth provide an environment that allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes even more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of an early stage of gingivitis.
However, the reality is that the treatment for gingivitis is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.
Scaling & Root Planing
Gum Disease is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. But if left untreated, the condition will progress to periodontal disease and the teeth will need deep cleanings below the gumline. The difference between scaling and tooth cleaning and scaling and root planing is simple. A tooth cleaning is the removal of dental tartar and plaque from the tooth surface above the gums. Scaling and Root planing is the process of removing tartar and plaque below the gums as well as smoothening the root surfaces and removing the infected gum tissue .
Scaling and root planing (or deep cleanings) are usually done with local anesthetic so you are more comfortable during the procedure. The cleanings are also done in 2-3 visits depending on the severity or involvement of the gum disease. After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or tooth sensitivity. Salt water rinses and a soft diet will help as your gums heal after the procedures.
At Hills Dental, you can count on us to provide gum disease treatment in order to keep your gums healthy. Of course, strong and consistent oral care habits afterwards will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums!
Schedule an appointment with our office to begin your steps towards a healthier mouth today!