A deep cleaning should not be mistaken for the regular twice-yearly cleaning you get at your dentist's office. Routine cleanings are preventative in nature and do little to fight active gum disease. If your dental hygienist finds signs of periodontitis they should refer you to a specialist for further care.
Deep cleaning is a specialized procedure that must be performed by a qualified periodontist. Your periodontist will use traditional dental instruments and lasers to remove plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line. A deep cleaning (also called root planing) is much more thorough than a regular dental cleaning and a local anesthetic may be used to reduce soreness after the procedure.
Get A Soft Tissue Graft
If gum disease progresses to a point where a deep cleaning is no longer as effective, you may want to consider a soft tissue graft. To perform a soft tissue graft your periodontist will remove some gum tissue from unaffected areas and use it to cover up the areas damaged by periodontitis. Soft tissue grafts can reduce sensitivity and prevent further recession of the gums. Soft tissue grafts will also improve the cosmetic appearance of your gums by covering up the exposed bone and root and giving you a more even gumline.
Get Laser Treatment
Laser periodontal treatment is a non-invasive way of treating severe periodontitis. Your periodontist will use Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) technology to remove diseased gum tissue without using blades or sutures and without any damage to healthy tissue. Aside from reducing any anxiety surrounding gum surgery you might experience, LANAP is also more precise, effective and has a quicker post-procedure recovery time.
Periodontitis can be painful and embarrassing when left untreated. It can also lead to a host of related health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Fortunately, there are many effective and safe ways to fight it. If you're currently experiencing symptoms of periodontitis and are ready to get it under control contact Dr. Raymond Kenzik's periodontal office in Ormond Beach, FL to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options.