Gum disease is no laughing matter. Although bleeding and inflamed gums may not seem like a large concern at first, the early signs of the infection are nothing to ignore. If you do not treat it quickly, it will destroy the supporting structures for your teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss. The infection can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk for several health concerns, like cardiovascular disease. At Just For Your Smile, we can stop the damages of gum disease with scaling and root planing in Tysons Corner and Potomac.
Scaling and root planing are common treatments used to combat gum disease. Also known as a deep cleaning, it uses special dental tools to clean the gingival pockets and root surfaces to reinstate a healthy smile.
You can avoid gum disease by maintaining your oral hygiene habits at home and visiting your dentist in Tysons Corner and Potomac at least twice a year. Unfortunately, although it is preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of it. It occurs when bacteria found in tartar accumulations near the gum line infect the gingival tissue.
In its earliest stages it causes the tissue to become red and inflamed. The gums may even bleed. Over time, it causes pockets to form between the tissue and teeth. This traps additional bacteria that destroy the supporting structures for your teeth.
After an initial consultation to determine the extent of the infection, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing. Besides a deep cleaning, you may need additional treatments, and we will also recommend changes to your oral hygiene routine.
The nonsurgical procedure may take more than one appointment to complete depending on your individual treatment plan. We may apply an anesthetic to reduce any sensitivity or discomfort you may experience. We then use a special dental instrument to clean the gingival pockets to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Afterward, another instrument is used to smooth the surfaces of the roots. This helps prevent future buildup while also allowing the gum tissue to reattach to your teeth.
It is normal for there to be some tenderness of the tissue for a few days after your treatment. You may also have some slight tooth sensitivity, so it is best to avoid hot or cold foods and drinks. Although your gums may be sore, you need to maintain your oral hygiene while you heal. Within a few days, any discomfort will subside, and you can resume your normal diet.
You must maintain your oral hygiene habits at home and visit our office regularly for a cleaning and checkup to prevent the infection from reoccurring.
At the first sign of the infection, do not wait until it is too late to call our office. We provide the customized solutions you need to stop the infection. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.