The Purpose of Perio Scaling and Root Planing
If your gums are red or swollen and bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of your gum tissues caused by the accumulation of plaque on your teeth. Left unchecked, gum disease can progress to periodontal disease that can destroy the bone structure of your teeth and put you at risk of tooth loss. Dr. Kristina Dawson and our team treat gum disease with scaling and root planing procedures at Peachtree Corners Dental Associates, Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Early gum disease is called gingivitis and can be distinguished by the following symptoms:
- Consistent bad breath, even after brushing
- Red, puffy gums that are tender to the touch
- Gums that bleed readily when you brush or floss your teeth
- Gums that are starting to recede
As gum disease worsens, your symptoms may escalate to painful chewing, extreme tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, and, eventually, tooth loss. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to prevent gum disease from reaching this stage. Deep teeth cleaning, i.e., scaling and root planing, can help reverse the symptoms of gum disease to prevent premature tooth loss.
Perio Scaling and Root Planing
Perio scaling and root planing are non-surgical treatments performed by one of our wonderful hygienists to stop the spread of gum disease. Special dental tools are used to scrape all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, above and below the gum line, to get rid of the bacterial infection. You will be monitored closely to ensure that the gum tissue is reattaching how we would like for long term dental health.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, contact your Peachtree Corners, GA dentist from Peachtree Corners Dental Associates at (770) 501-6669 to schedule an appointment for deep teeth cleaning treatment.