Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque, the yellowish film that sticks to your teeth along your gum line. This disease is progressive, destroying the gum tissue and jaw bone that support your natural teeth.
Bacteria found in plaque irritate your gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Prolonged irritation can cause inflammation and infection that the body tries to fight off. The bacterial infection, along with the body’s defense against that infection, can cause deterioration of the bone and soft tissue that hold teeth in place. If this process goes untreated, it can lead to loosening of teeth and eventual tooth loss.
Beaverton dentist, Dr. Barrett, provides comprehensive periodontal care and treatments designed to help repair the damage done by gum disease and restore your smile back to health. Scaling and root planing, sometimes called a deep cleaning, is a common treatment for periodontal disease. This method allows Dr. Barrett and a registered dental hygienist to provide a thorough cleaning of the teeth and root surfaces, preventing progression of the disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
One of the most effective forms of treating gum disease, scaling and root planing can help to reverse the impact of the disease before it progresses into a more severe form that could cause permanent damage. The procedure cleans between a patient’s gums and teeth all the way down to the roots.
This type of treatment offers a number of advantages, including:
- Improved oral health
- Elimination of harmful plaque deposits that contribute to the development of oral disease
- Decreased risk of periodontitis and permanent tooth loss
- Healthier gum tissue that bleeds less and is less inflamed
- Fewer cavities caused by plaque buildup
If you suffer from periodontal disease, you need to seek immediate dental care to protect your long-term oral health. Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile. Contact our office to schedule a periodontal examination from Dr. Barrett in Beaverton and start down the path towards a healthier, better looking smile today!