Although most people don’t realize it, gum disease can be painful and may require complex treatment. Early stages of periodontal therapy are easily treatable with non-surgical treatment.
Gum disease can develop when a bacterial infection spreads to the gum line and infects tooth roots and soft gum tissue. If you notice bleeding, tenderness, swelling, reddishness, or pus, you need to visit your dentist at your earliest convenience for timely treatment.
Periodontists are trained experts who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Our dentist in Newton, MA, will first assess your problem and determine the most suitable mode of treatment. Non-surgical periodontal therapy near you may include root scaling and planing, deep cleaning, and oral treatment.
Root scaling and planing involves cleaning tartar and calculus (hardened tartar) off from the roots under the gums. Before starting the process, our dentist will administer local anesthetic to numb the area to reduce sensitivity. Although root scaling and planing can be completed in a single visit, we recommend completing one quadrant at a time.
Standard cleaning procedures at the dentist involve cleaning plaque above the gum line. However, this may not treat gingivitis, which develops below the gums.
During root scaling, the dentist cleans the bacteria-infested gum pockets thoroughly. Root scaling is done with the help of handheld or ultrasonic tools, as they may be unable to see the plaque below the gum line. Ultrasonic devices help scale away tartar with a vibrating metal tip. Once we complete scaling, the dentist will complete the planing, which involves smoothing the tooth root.
Once the root scaling and planing procedure is complete, the gums are likely to become pink and healthy and will firmly wrap around the tooth roots. The gum pockets become smaller and finally disappear, and you will not need any further periodontal treatment.
Please call Newton Wellesley Dental Partners for more information on non-surgical periodontal therapy in Newton, MA.