If it has been a while since you have had your teeth cleaned, your gums and bone can become damaged and a regular cleaning is not enough to get your mouth healthy. In order to stop this destructive process we will provide a more thorough type of cleaning.
- When plaque is not cleaned from your teeth for an extended time, it can become calcified. This calcified plaque, or calculus, attaches very strongly to your teeth.
- Calculus harbors bacteria which lead to the loss of the bone that supports your teeth while creating periodontal pockets. Periodontal pockets are the area between your gums, your teeth, and the bone that supports your teeth. In healthy gum tissue, these pockets are 1-3mm deep. These can generally be cleaned with a normal cleaning. With diseased gums, these pockets are 4 or more mm deep and require periodontal therapy.
- In order to remove the bacteria in these deep pockets, the area will be anesthetized, and special instruments along with a medicated rinse will be used to ensure all bacteria are removed from the periodontal pockets.
After the initial therapy is completed, we will perform periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3 to 4 months to ensure the disease process is under control. One thing to remember, periodontal disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with regular maintenance appointments.