Periodontal therapy is a deep cleaning treatment that is performed on the teeth in order to remove plaque and tartar. These substances are microbial deposits that irritate your gums and can lead to more serious oral health issues.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition caused by bacteria that build up in the mouth. Bacteria form a sticky film called plaque on the teeth. If not removed, plaque can break down healthy tooth enamel, causing cavities. As the condition progresses, plaque spreads below the gum line, causing inflammation and infection. This infection in the gums, along with toxins created by plaque, can destroy the tissues and bones that support teeth.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

A dentist or hygienist can perform scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical deep cleaning method used to remove plaque and tartar from the tooth and root surfaces. Plaque and tartar buildup are the leading causes of gum disease. Scaling is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Root planing is the smoothing of the tooth roots, which removes any infected tooth structure. We perform this procedure using advanced ultrasonic scaling appliances. 

Benefits of Periodontal Therapy

There are many benefits to getting periodontal treatment. The treatment can prevent gum disease from progressing to more serious stages such as periodontitis and causing issues like bone loss. By keeping your gums healthy, you lower your risk of tooth loss and other health problems.

The Dentist in Baton Rouge, LA may recommend treatment for gum disease if you have red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. Suffering from chronic bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, or sensitive teeth can also indicate that you have gum disease.

How to Prepare for Periodontal Therapy?

Before starting treatment, we’ll need to remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth. This will make it easier for your treatment to be successful. We’ll offer oral hygiene instructions for you to follow after treatment. These may include brushing your teeth after meals, flossing, and using mouthwash.

What Happens During Periodontal Therapy?

After the hygienist or dentist explains your treatment plan, they will begin by scaling your teeth. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus, or tartar, from your teeth. This treatment can be performed using hand tools or an ultrasonic device. Scaling is followed by root planing, where the hygienist or dentist uses an ultrasonic device to deep clean the surface of your teeth and smooth the roots of your teeth.

After your periodontal therapy is complete, the next step is to schedule routine dental cleanings or prophylaxis. Routine dental cleanings are essential to maintaining your gum health and are the foundation of a healthy smile.

To find out more about the dental services we offer at College Family Dentistry, call (225) 926-4640 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 4616 Concord Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Location

4616 Concord Ave,
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Office Hours

MON - TUE7:00 am-4:00 pm

WED9:00 am-6:00 pm

THU7:00 am-4:00 pm

FRI7:00 am-2:00 pm

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