I've been told I need periodontal treatment. How does this differ from a routine cleaning?
There are different types of periodontal treatment available depending on the extent of infection present. During your regular examination, we will identify any signs of gum infection that may exist. In many cases, when gum disease is at its earliest stage, we may be able to do a regular cleaning and then follow up with more frequent cleanings to make sure we’re staying on top of the disease.
A more serious infection will require a more thorough cleaning, referred to as a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing. This procedure involves thoroughly clearing away plaque and tartar from the tooth and root surfaces below the gum line. At the same time, the hygienist will gently smooth the root surfaces to eliminate uneven spaces where bacteria can grow.
Scaling and root planing procedures are usually followed by more frequent professional cleanings to monitor your periodontal health and prevent a recurrence of the disease. Dr. Riley may also recommend an antibiotic to make sure that all infection is eliminated.
If you’ve been told you need periodontal treatment, please give our office a call as soon as possible. We will be happy to arrange a professional cleaning and evaluation by our skilled hygienist.