Dr. Julie Storm from Timberview Family Dentistry in Midwest City understands the importance of regular dental checkups and if you can’t remember when you last sat in the dentist’s chair, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
With regular dental checkups, your Midwest City dentist can detect gum disease and tooth decay. If Dr. Storm diagnoses gum disease, a professional cleaning may be in order to get rid of the plaque. If your gum disease has progressed from gingivitis to the more serious periodontal disease, root planing and scaling may be recommended to help heal your gums.
Scaling and planing is the best way to heal bleeding gums. If you have untreated periodontal disease, you could lose your teeth.
Root Planing and Scaling Process
If gum disease has been detected, Dr. Storm and her team of Midwest City dentists may use an anesthetic to make you more comfortable.
Once your gums have been numbed, the team will use a scaler or ultrasonic cleaner to remove the plaque and tartar. Depending on how far along your gum disease is, Dr. Storm may decide to divide your dental cleaning into four quadrants, or four dental checkups, to make the root planing and scaling less invasive.
Dr. Storm will remove the tartar and plaque by scaling down each pocket to clean out the debris. After scaling, the surfaces of your tooth roots will be smoothed or planed to help heal your gum tissue. Root planing makes it more difficult for the tartar and plaque to re-accumulate.
If you have advanced periodontitis, your dentist may decide to use antibiotic fibers between your teeth and gums. The medication helps prevent infection and will quicken the healing process. You will need a follow up dental checkup to remove the antibiotic fibers.
Bleeding, swollen, and sore gums are sure signs of gum disease. Call or click and schedule dental checkups for the whole family with Timberview Family Dental. Regular dental checkups can save your teeth.