Gum disease is treated with a Scaling and Root Planing (often referred to as “Deep Cleaning”). During a Scaling and Root Planing appointment, debris and contaminants inside your gums will be cleaned out. Often times, local anesthetic is needed to anesthetize the gums to facilitate a thorough deep cleaning. Depending on the situation, the deep cleaning may be performed in one or two appointments.
Once you receive gum treatment, it isn’t over! Just like high blood pressure and diabetes, gum disease is not something that is cured, but rather health is maintained. Improving your home care and having frequent checkups are important in preventing future gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will review with you how to improve home care, and create a maintenance plan for you.
In extremely advanced gum situations, additional treatment such as localized antibiotics or minor gum surgery may be indicated to stabilize your gum condition.