Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious condition that affects millions of people each year. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t even know they have some form of the disease, and if left untreated, it can produce devastating consequences such as severe tooth decay and tooth loss. Thankfully, this disease can be treated at most stages and there are several treatment options available.
One of the most common periodontal disease treatments is a deep cleaning or a scaling and root planing. Periodontal cleaning is best for the early stages of the disease. It is when your dental professional will clean bacteria, plaque, and tartar build-up, and other debris from beneath your gum line. The bacteria that gets trapped in these areas can cause your gums to become inflamed and infected and if left untreated can lead to tooth decay. During this deep-cleaning process, you may be given a numbing agent to help with some pain and discomfort during the procedure. This deep-cleaning process may also be done in several visits.
For more severe gum disease, periodontal surgery may be required. During the surgery, the surgeon will remove the bacteria and plaque that has built up down by the root of the tooth. The surgeon may also try to close any deep holes, cracks, or crevices where the bacteria becomes trapped and inflames the gums.
When you fight against gum disease, brushing your teeth, flossing, and fluoride are all essential to your overall oral hygiene but you need additional resources and tools to be effective. With our team at Markham 7 Dental, you don’t have to battle this disease alone. We can provide you with the right treatments, advice, and care to keep your gums and teeth healthy and strong. Contact us today and talk to one of our friendly staff members to get started with periodontal treatment.
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