According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over half of all of the adults in the United States suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a disease that affects the gums and can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, inflammation, and infections in the teeth and gums. Thankfully, every stage of periodontal disease can be treated, but the more advanced the disease is, the more invasive procedures become to handle the damage.
One step in the treatment of periodontal disease is the process of perioscaling followed by root planing. The purpose of perioscaling and root planing is to remove deep accumulations of plaque and decay that have formed between the teeth and gums, allowing the mouth to heal. The procedure frequently removes pain as well since the pockets are sanitized. Over time, the gums will reattach to the teeth, forming a complete smile and healthy mouth.
As with other procedures, you will need to meet with a dentist to assess the extent of the damage. If the procedure is necessary, the mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic typically applied through injections. Once the area is numb, the dentist uses special tools to scrape away plaque and foreign material that has built up between the teeth and gums from untreated, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene.
Once the material is removed, the dentist smooths the surfaces of the teeth and then cleans and repairs them as needed. In severe cases, extra planing and shaping are required. In the worst cases, entire teeth may need to be removed because they have decayed to the point where they cannot be saved. Although the procedure itself is painless, it is normal to experience some pain and irritation once the anesthetic wears off.
We can do these procedures in our office at All About Family Dentistry. You may need more than one appointment to assess the severity of the periodontal disease. You can make an appointment to visit us at 12186 HWY 92 Suite# 109 in Woodstock, Georgia.