Lose the plaque and tartar. Keep the teeth and gums.
In periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth to form “pockets.” As the pockets deepen, bacterial toxins and the body’s immune system begin to break down the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. This can result in bone and tooth loss as well as systemic health problems.
Prevention of further damage is the key to managing periodontal disease.
Basically, scaling and root planing are deep-cleaning methods performed under local anesthetic. We scrape away plaque and tartar that has built up below the gum line (scaling) and smooth rough spots on the root surfaces (planing).
Smoother surfaces not only discourage the buildup of future tartar and toxins, they provide a clean space to help gums to reattach to teeth, possibly preventing further damage.
To find out more, please call Dr. Sayed at 248.901.0000 or visit our contact page now.