Your Waltham MA Dentist Explains the Severity of Periodontal Disease
When a patient has poor oral hygiene and exercises a bad diet combined with bad habits, they are more than likely to suffer from a form of periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. Although this is one of the easiest preventable diseases that a patient can get, it is also the most common, since symptoms may not always show up until it’s too late. Below, your Waltham MA dentist discusses gum disease and how to protect your teeth from suffering.
There are different levels of gum disease that a patient can have, ranging from mild to severe. Depending on the level that a patient is experiencing, there are different kinds of non-surgical treatments that are available that your dentist will discuss with you.
· Professional cleaning: During your bi-annual check-ups, your dentist or dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth above and below the gum line. Plaque builds up and hardens on the surface of the tooth, which can only be removed during a professional cleaning. If you do have a form of gum disease, we recommend visiting our office more than twice a year for your cleaning.
· Scaling and root planing: This is a much deeper cleaning than the one mentioned before. It’s a non-surgical procedure that’s done under a local anesthetic. The plaque and tartar are removed from above and below the gum line, being scraped away (called scaling) and then smoothing the rough spots of the tooth root (called planing). After the teeth are smoothed out, it provides a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth. This is generally only done if your dentist has determined that you have calculus, which is a hardened plaque/tartar under the gums that need to be removed.
There are also surgical treatments for gum disease, but these are mostly for advanced cases and should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist to make sure that you will benefit. If you have any questions about this treatment, please contact your Waltham MA dentist to learn more or to schedule an appointment or consultation today by calling (781) 216-8097.