When you come to New Albany Smiles, we’re always on the lookout for early signs of gum disease that you may not be able to notice yourself. If we see signs of trouble, periodontal therapy may be the solution. Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical measures to restore your gums and bone back to health so you do not risk losing your teeth.
Periodontal disease occurs when plaque build-up causes an infection in the gums, and if the infection is left untreated, the disease will become more serious as it moves deeper and attacks your surrounding bone that holds your teeth in place. During the initial phase of gum disease, the gums are red, inflamed, and will bleed. When gums become inflamed, they can pull away from the teeth to form pockets filled with damaging bacteria that must be removed. Tooth loss is the result of a later phase of periodontal disease. Periodontal therapy can take multiple forms, but the end goal is always to restore diseased tissues back to health.
With regular visits to New Albany Smiles for cleanings, any areas of concern that we see can be caught early. Our dental hygienists will spend the time required to remove plaque and tartar build-up.
However, if you need to go beyond a standard cleaning, scaling and root planing are procedures that treat or prevent periodontal disease. Scaling removes plaque build-up from below the gum-line, and root planing smooths the roots of the tooth, enabling the gums to more easily reattach themselves.
After undergoing deep cleanings like scaling and root planing, you may experience some discomfort for a day or two. You may notice that your teeth are sensitive and your gums may become swollen, feel tender, and even bleed. After about a week, the post-procedure effects should wane and you should start to feel back to normal. If you don’t make sure to call the office.
To prevent infection after periodontal therapy, Dr. Angart may prescribe an antibiotic pill or rinse. The medication you receive may need to be inserted directly into the pocket that was cleaned to accelerate the healing process. Before you leave the office after your procedure, we’ll schedule follow-up appointments to make sure your gums have healed and to measure the depth of any pockets that were cleaned.