Deep teeth cleaning (scaling and root planing) resolves gum disease and promotes a healthy, happy smile
At Liberty Dental Group in Brentwood, California, we take great pride in providing a combination of compassionate care and cutting-edge dental technologies. In partnership with our patients from throughout Oakley, Antioch, Sandhill, Bridgehead, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, and the surrounding region, our Drs Mike Molosky and Emily Molosky maintain and restore the health of the periodontal tissues that surround, support, and protect the teeth with the latest and safest clinically proven effective techniques. A “standard” teeth cleaning, scheduled at 6-month intervals, may be sufficient for otherwise healthy patients; however, individuals with active gum disease may benefit from a “deep teeth cleaning” (as well as more frequent visits to our practice).
About gum health
Healthy gums are generally pinkish-red firm, and they do not bleed or feel tender when you brush or floss. Gums that are redder than your usual, appear swollen, are painful when you touch them, or have blood on your toothbrush or floss can be indicators of periodontal (gum) disease. They may also indicate damaging behaviors, such as aggressive flossing and brushing. Remember, folks, all it takes is a light touch to remove food debris effectively!
If food is not removed from the mouth, harmful oral bacteria can feed off the lingering particles. This combination promotes the development of sticky bacterial plaque and dangerous acids, which erode at the teeth and release toxins. Such toxins break down the gums and, eventually, the hard tissue (supportive bone in the jaw).
During routine exams and professional cleanings, our dentists and hygienists evaluate the condition of your gums. We use specialized dental instruments to measure the spaces between the teeth and gums. These periodontal pockets provide insight into the potential presence of gum disease, as well as its “stage” or the extent of the disease. Primarily, pockets greater than three millimeters indicate the presence of at least early-stage gingival inflammation (gingivitis). Pockets that are greater than five millimeters generally suggest the presence of advanced gum disease (periodontitis). Depending on what we find during your hygiene appointment, Drs Molosky may recommend an alternative to the standard cleaning: scaling and root planing.
Standard professional cleanings at our practice involve precisely and gently removing bacteria, plaque, and hardened plaque (tartar or calculus) at and above the gum line. Scaling and root planing involves removing these disease-producing substances from underneath the gum line, along the tooth roots. Additionally, as the ultrasonic scaler removes these disease causes, antimicrobial agents may also be delivered to the area below the gums to reduce the proliferation of bacterial colonies.
The “planing” part of the process refers to removing harmful microorganisms, toxins, and tartar present on the calcified cementum substance that covers the root surfaces of the tooth and the surface dentin layer of the tooth. Additionally, the rough roots of the teeth are smoothed. This process discourages the attachment of the bacteria to the root surfaces and further promotes healing.
Are you due for an appointment? Are you looking for a new “dental home”? Do not delay to contact Liberty Dental Group today to schedule your visit. You can reach us at (925) 634-3501. Many oral conditions, including gum disease, can be prevented with consistent hygiene appointments and proactive professional care.
You will need more frequent dental visit than people without gum disease. Gum disease is a chronic disease that needs to be managed and controlled. This is because:
- Research shows that at approximately 90 days the bacteria in the pockets can re-congregate/ get organized and cause destruction to the surrounding bone. At this point it is once again very important that we get to the base of the pocket and remove the bacteria to keep control of the disease progression.
- Typically periodontal maintenance visits are either three or four months based on your individual needs. Periodontal patients seldom return to 6 month recare visits. This would give the bacteria an opportunity to once again take over and cause damage to the bone in patients who are susceptible to periodontal disease.
- 80% of long term periodontal health is linked to your excellent homecare. REMEMBER there is no cure for periodontal disease, but much like diabetes it is considered a chronic disease that can be controlled to help limit bone and tooth loss.
- Ongoing research is showing that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease can also affect other parts of your body including the heart, lungs, and other body systems.
- Insurance coverage for periodontal maintenance visits every three months is dependent on the type of policy that your employer has purchased for you. REMEMBER: You will need to protect the investment you have already made and protect the bone that holds the teeth in your mouth.
Your periodontal maintenance visits have been set and discussed with you by your hygienist and will be re- evaluated at your twelve month visit. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns.