Did you know that nearly 70% of adult tooth loss is caused by the presence of periodontal disease? This common condition has even been linked to heart attacks, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and other severe health concerns. Here at STAR Dental, our team is dedicated to diagnosing and treating periodontal disease as early as possible.
Scaling and root planing is a two-step process that patients more commonly known as a deep cleaning. First, Dr. Davidson will clear away all plaque and tartar accumulation on the teeth, as far down as the pockets of the gums. Then, she’ll smooth out the roots of the teeth by clearing away calcified plaque pockets. This will allow your gums to healthily reattach to your teeth, providing your vulnerable root structure with necessary protection.
Dr. Davidson uses an advanced soft tissue dental laser to help effectively, precisely, and quickly treat gum disease symptoms. This device emits a concentrated beam of light that she will use to evaporate any plaque, tartar, and bacteria that are producing harmful toxins that are affecting your gum health. She will then target and remove infected gum tissue, only leaving healthy tissue behind. Due to the fact that this gadget cauterizes the area on-contact, you won’t have to worry about bleeding, infections, or a long recovery time.
Tell-tale signs of this condition include:
Once Dr. Davidson has diagnosed your case of periodontal disease and determined the specifics of your condition, our team offers several techniques that can restore your smile’s health. In the early stages, more frequent professional cleanings and diligent homecare may be enough to reverse the effects of periodontal disease. In more moderate stages, non-surgical scaling and root planing is performed. Surgical intervention may be needed if the patient has experienced severe damage.