When gum disease first manifests as gingivitis, we might just recommend more frequent and thorough flossing and a good anti-microbial mouthwash, along with regular oral exams until the problem subsides. If your gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, we will most likely recommend periodontal scaling and root planing.
For this procedure, we will numb your mouth so that we can perform a deep cleaning on your teeth and roots beneath the surface of the gum line. This will rid your teeth of the plaque and calculus that are irritating your gums and allow them to heal properly.
Traditionally, this procedure took a lot of time and was very uncomfortable, but with our EMS periodontal scaling devices, we can perform all of your scaling quickly and easily. Thanks to the numbing medication, you won’t feel a thing, and thanks to ultrasonic technology used in these tools, the procedure is both fast and effective. With these tools we can remove more plaque, calculus, and stains from your teeth than we could have with older, less effective equipment.
After treatment, your gums may be slightly sore or tender for a day or two, but you should not experience difficulty or pain while eating or drinking. You may want to avoid flossing for a day or so, depending on how your gums feel, but you will be able to brush your teeth normally immediately. After the tenderness subsides, we highly recommend regular flossing along with regular brushing. You can also stimulate your gums by gently brushing them when you brush your teeth.
Once treatment is complete we generally schedule a follow-up exam and cleaning within the next three months. At that time, we will examine your teeth and gums, clean your teeth, and Dr. Smith or Dr. Erlander will determine whether further gum disease treatment is still necessary.