Periodontal disease also known as gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects a person’s gums and bones supporting your teeth. There are multiple treatments that can be done to treat and maintain periodontal disease including Scaling and Root Planing and Periodontal Maintenance.
Scaling and Root Planing is one of the most effective and common ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Scaling and Root Planing is performed by a dental hygienist and is done by quadrant in either one or two appointments. The hygienist injects local anesthetic to numb your gums and roots of your teeth in order to clean deep underneath the gums that have pulled away from the teeth and have hard mineral deposits on them.
A Periodontal Maintenance cleaning is performed in place of a regular dental cleaning after a patient has been treated for periodontal disease, by either scaling and root planing or surgery. A periodontal maintenance cleaning addresses scaling and polishing below the gum line as opposed a regular prophylaxis which address scaling and polishing above the gum line. Patients with periodontal disease should come in every 3 to 4 months depending on the recommendation of the hygienist and doctor.
Call Dr. Lisa Zaborski and her helpful staff of Shelby Township, Michigan at (586) 739-1155 today to learn more Periodontal Services.