After Dr. Tran finishes his comprehensive dental and oral exam including periodontal examination. His indication of periodontal treatment according to his diagnose which including:
- Professional routine dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) for minor gum inflammation: During a professional routine dental cleaning, Dr. Tran or a hygienist will clean along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and other problems. Then he or she will polish and floss your teeth.
- Nonsurgical Treatment of Periodontal Disease (“Deep Cleaning”) for periodontal diseases which including gingivitis and periodontitis. While gingivitis is an inflammation of the soft tissues (gums) surrounding the tooth, periodontitis involves not only gums but also periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone. Deep cleaning includes scaling (removing tartar and plaque) and root planing (smoothing rough spots on root surfaces. This procedure may be combined with mouth wash or local antibiotic to help gum tissues heal and pockets shrink.
What is periodontal scaling and root planing?
Periodontal scaling and root planing are procedures used to treat periodontal disease. Thought of by many as a ‘deep cleaning’, this in-office procedure involves the careful removal of hardened plaque near the gum line, where harmful bacteria can grow and cause damage to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. The treatment starts with scaling, during which special instruments are used to scrape tartar away from the teeth and gums. Root planing follows, which is a process of smoothing the surface of the tooth’s root in order to prevent bacteria from accumulating there in the future. Finally, an antibiotic is administered to ensure that no bacteria remain at the treatment site.