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Periodontal disease occurs when your body mounts an immune response against toxins produced by bacteria underneath the gums. As a result, the bone that supports the teeth is destroyed. There is no cure for periodontal disease. However, with early detection, timely treatment, and consistent maintenance, we can help to stop the progression of this disease and prevent further bone loss and recession.

When plaque is not removed properly, it can harden to become tartar or calculus, which are difficult to remove with even proper home care. The bacteria causes the gum tissues to pull away from the teeth, creating periodontal pockets. When periodontal disease is left untreated, it can cause irreversible bone and tooth loss.

Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical periodontal treatment that is typically recommended when periodontal disease is diagnosed. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, affects only the gum tissues, and is completely reversible if detected and treated early. If left untreated, however, it can progress further into the gum and bone and cause potential bone and tooth loss. Many patients who have gingivitis or more advanced stages of periodontal disease often experience bleeding and sore gums when brushing, flossing, and eating.

The goal of this deep cleaning process is to clear away plaque and tartar as well as smooth the surfaces of the teeth to encourage the gum tissues to reattach to the teeth.

It is vital that patients maintain their oral health after the procedure. The mouth needs to be free of food and plaque in order to keep the bacteria from causing further damage. Thorough brushing and flossing will be required to ensure that the mouth is clean at all times. It is also important to stop the use of tobacco.

To determine if scaling and root planing is the right treatment for you, please call us today for a consultation with Dr. Kwok.