When you have periodontal disease, it means that an infection is present in your gums that could affect the health and stability of your teeth. Since many people are unaware that they have periodontal disease, it tends to advance and cause additional issues. One of the most common problems is the formation of pockets in your gums that attract bacteria, tartar, and plaque. Although this occurs at the earliest stages of gum disease, it’s possible to lose teeth if the infection remains untreated. Fortunately, Smiles of Elgin patients can still reverse the damage at this point.
What Happens During a Deep Cleaning Session
Treatment for periodontal disease typically starts with a deep cleaning procedure. When you have this done, Dr. Qureshi, Dr. Hao, or Dr. Gargir clean only one quadrant of your mouth at a time. That is because the procedure leaves your mouth numb for several hours afterwards. The purpose of root planning and scaling during a deep cleaning appointment is to clean areas where bacteria invaded and prevent this from happening again. Your dentist will numb each area he cleans prior to beginning his work.
Besides removing bacteria, deep cleaning reduces gum pockets and eliminates the plaque and tartar that caused them to develop in the first place. This is essential to ensure that you enjoy good oral health on a long-term basis. Before you go home, our staff will provide you with instructions on how to care for your teeth and gums at home so you won’t need to have a deep cleaning session again in the future. Some of our recommendations may include using medicated mouthwash daily, brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush, and potentially taking prescription medication to prevent gum pockets from forming again.
When root planning and scaling fail to reduce the formation and depth of new gum pockets, your dentist at Smiles of Elgin may advise you to undergo periodontal surgery. During this procedure, he restores normal functioning to your gums by reshaping them. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy by keeping bacteria and other harmful substances from attacking them.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, please contact our office for an appointment. You are also welcome to schedule a consultation to learn more about the various ways we treat this common dental disorder.