Periodontal disease is a chronic disease which can be controlled but not cured. Regular periodontal examinations and dental cleanings following treatment are necessary to prevent recurring disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that gets inside and underneath the gums. It also affects the bone surrounding the teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, often referred to as a deep cleaning, is a technique that improves the areas surrounding the teeth that are prone to periodontal infection. It helps eliminate plaque build up as well as tartar from the crown to the root of each tooth. Scaling, at and below the gum line, reaches tartar deposits that cannot be removed by an ordinary dental cleaning. Root planing smooths rough spots on the roots where bacteria collect so that plaque will have less chance of reattaching itself to the root of the tooth.
Once your dental cleaning has been performed, a polish may be necessary. The hygienist will use a high speed polisher. The result will be smooth teeth that will look bright and feel healthy.
Personalized Periodontal Maintenance
The key to the “Care You Deserve” is prevention. Dr. Xiang and Dr. Corbett and our hygienists will review your overall health, will teach you proper home care techniques and will design a customized cleaning schedule to meet your periodontal needs.