When gum disease is advanced, Dr. Phillips will advise patients that they have periodontal disease, which is a chronic disease similar to heart disease and diabetes. At this point, advanced non-surgical treatments are necessary.
Scaling and Root Planing
is recommended when a normal cleaning procedure isn't sufficient to remove deposits on teeth. During this procedure, the hygienist removes the source of the infection and bacterial toxins from the tooth and surrounding tissues.
Using special instruments, they carefully and meticulously remove the plaque and hard deposits above and below the gumline and along the root surfaces. If there are just a few pockets of infection, they may treat just those teeth. However, if the infection is more widespread, they may treat one or two sections of your mouth during several appointments.
is necessary for every patient with periodontal disease. Therefore, every patient who has had a Scaling and Root Planing procedure must also undergo
Periodontal Maintenance. This is necessary because without proper continuous therapy, the periodontal disease will return and your oral health will deteriorate -- leading to tooth loss.
Research shows that bacteria causing periodontal disease repopulate a recently scaled pocket within six to 12 weeks after the scaling procedure.
The periodontal maintenance procedure is designed to monitor jaw bone and the healing of periodontal pockets, and to remove any destructive bacteria to prevent the return of periodontal disease.
Periodontal Maintenance is scheduled every three to four months, and has a three-point approach:
- Removal of bacterial plaque and hard deposits from above and below the gumline
- Site-specific scaling and root planing where indicated
- Polishing the teeth
Research shows that patients with this disease who do not receive
the three-month professional periodontal maintenance lose two to three times more teeth
and require Scale and Planing treatment twice as often
. Effective daily homecare is also essential to help reduce the bacterial level in the mouth.
Dr. Phillips and his team advise these steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and to prevent need for more expensive treatments to restore lost teeth. If budget is an issue, talk to them about your concerns. It's important that you get the dental treatment you need.