Discover the Way to Great Gum Health
A lot of times we’ll have patients come in that haven’t seen a dentist in a really long time. They complain of discomfort, bleeding when they brush or floss their teeth and periodontal disease is something that’s very easy to identify.
We use a measuring probe to determine if there’s any attachment loss to any teeth or any quadrant of the mouth and we also measure if any teeth have bleeding and what areas have bleeding. There’s a certain measurement that is a healthy measurement and once we get past that point, we know that periodontal intervention is going to be really important.
At that time, we explained to the patient what periodontal disease is and we treat it by doing what’s called scaling and root planing, which is a procedure that you’re numb for and we clean the root surface of the teeth to remove any debris.
That is actually one of the most rewarding things that we do in dentistry because patients complain about the bleeding, the discomfort, sometimes bad breath and seeing angry red tissue turned into healthy pink tissue.
Patients absolutely cannot believe they went that long without treating the periodontal disease.