Deep Dental Cleaning

When it comes to caring properly for your teeth and gums, you can never be too careful. Failure to catch gum disease in an early stage can lead to serious problems that may lead to the extraction of several teeth. Visiting the right periodontist is important to help your teeth stay healthy. More than 64 million adults currently suffer from one form of gum disease. A deep dental cleaning is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and plaque below the gum line.

Signs of Gum Disease

If you fail to receive regular check-ups, you can end up with advanced stages of gum disease. The warning signs experienced with gum disease can vary, but most patients experience one or all of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen, red, and tender gums
  • Painful teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding after eating or during a meal
  • Receding gums
  • Sores in the mouth

Far too often patients will stop flossing when they notice blood. However, failure to clean the teeth correctly at this point could lead to greater gum disease problems. Contact Dr. Scharf’s office to schedule a gum disease treatment appointment.

Treating Gum Disease

At-home gum disease treatment can assist in improving the health of the gums. In-office treatments for gum disease can be more invasive as some patients need part of their gums cut away and stitched back together. Removing the plaque and bacteria before they cause an infection are important steps in gum disease treatment. Some patients can reverse gum disease with daily brushing and flossing in addition to rinsing with mouthwash. A healthy diet is another essential step in reversing gum disease. Certain foods will provide additional nutrition to the teeth and gums. Our office will discuss certain dietary recommendations that can improve your oral health.

Gum Disease Treatment

Our in-office treatments are designed to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. We provide multiple periodontal procedures to remove bacteria from the gums. When the gums are cleaned and free of bacteria, they will be able to attach to the teeth properly. We will start to treat gum disease followed by probing. Probing allows us to see areas in the mouth where the gums have pulled away from the teeth. Based on the severity of gum disease, patients can have gum disease located in just one quadrant of the mouth instead of the entire mouth.

Gum disease is often treated with scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning allows us to properly remove plaque and bacteria that is causing problems. Patients may feel tenderness for a few hours, but it should start to feel better by the next day. If you are dealing with advanced gum disease, we may need to use advanced treatments. Dr. Scharf is an experienced periodontist and can treat gum disease in multiple stages. When dealing with gum disease, the right dentist can make all the difference in healing time and overall surgery success.

Laser gum disease treatment is starting to increase in popularity. The laser treatment is not as invasive as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing are necessary for patients with gum disease in early stages. If left untreated, infection and inflammation will occur as the bacterial infection grows. If the infection continues to grow, it can result in tooth and jawbone loss.

Understanding Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing can be done in multiple quadrants of the mouth. Depending on the severity of the infection, some patients will need to come in for several treatments. We will numb the area we plan to clean so you will not feel pain. We then clean under the gum line to remove calculus and debris. We can shape the root of a tooth to prevent bacteria from easily attaching to the root of a tooth, causing infection.

Following treatment, patients need to follow our instructions to prevent additional infection, and improve the overall healing time. Over-the-counter pain medications can reduce pain, making it easier to deal with recovery. Rinsing with warm saltwater or mouth rinse can help to clean the gums and reduce additional bacterial growth. Do not start a regular hygiene routine until we have been able to check on the way your gums are healing. If the gums are still painful after a couple days, call our office. Some patients will need antibiotic medication to remove the bacteria.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum Disease is normally a result of improper brushing and flossing. Long periods of time between cleanings and examinations can result in gum disease as the doctor is unable to examine your mouth to catch gum disease in an early state. Patients with diabetes, and those that are pregnant can see an increase in gum disease problems. Gum disease can be treated and cured, but it is important to follow our treatment plan to reduce healing time. Schedule a time to meet with Dr. Scharf to discuss your oral health concerns.