If you have recently noticed that your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you have the beginnings of gum disease. When addressed early on, gum disease treatment does not have to include surgery. For early stage periodontal infection, our experienced periodontist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL recommends scaling and root planing therapy in order to:
The Scaling & Root Planing Process
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When bacteria infect the gums, they irritate and damage the periodontal tissue. This causes inflammation and bleeding, but also results in the formation of periodontal pockets around your teeth. When your protective gum tissue recedes away from the surfaces of the teeth, it leaves the roots unprotected. This often leads to further damage. Dr. Paul Fotek can not only prevent the progression of the infection with this gum disease treatment, he can improve the health of the periodontal tissue and reduce the risk of bone loss due to gum disease.
During a scaling and root planing appointment, Dr. Fotek or our experienced hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line using hand instruments and an ultrasonic scaler. Any rough surfaces are smoothed to prevent bacteria from becoming trapped and your teeth are thoroughly cleaned. The procedure is comfortable, as the gum tissues are numbed prior to beginning. If, however, you are anxious about this procedure, ask Dr. Fotek about your sedation dentistry options.
Depending upon the extent of your condition, our periodontist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL may recommend an antimicrobial rinse to assist the healing process. We will also discuss the appropriate intervals for maintaining your oral health with periodontal maintenance appointments.
For exceptional service and quality care, call our office in Palm Beach Gardens, FL to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Fotek and our team of skilled professionals are committed to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile with gentle periodontal treatment, implant dentistry, and preventative care.