If gingivitis (beginning stage of gum disease) is caught early enough, it is easy to treat and maintain with thorough routine dental cleanings. The reversible damage can usually be maintained with six-month prophylaxis (cleanings) and diligent proper oral care at home.
When gingivitis is left untreated, the advanced stage is periodontal disease, which is no longer reversible. Our periodontist in Springfield, IL treats periodontal disease with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planning. This procedure involves numbing the affected areas and thoroughly removing all toxins, plaque, and tartar from the gum pockets and tooth roots. During this time, any rough spots on teeth are smoothed out to eliminate places for bacteria to settle. In advanced, cases, periodontal surgery may be necessary.
Periodontal maintenance is needed for patients who have undergone treatment for periodontal disease. Once you develop periodontal disease, it is not something easily cured, but with diligence, it can be controlled. The goal of a maintenance program is to clean out the gum pockets often so that bacteria does not accumulate again and deposit dangerous toxins, plaque, and tartar—the mischievous films that lead to the health problem in the first place. Since the diseased pockets are now deeper, we need to be more vigilant about keeping them clean. A routine dental cleaning does not get down into the deeper pockets resulting from periodontal disease. This type of scheduled cleaning with our Springfield periodontist is usually every three months.
The dental professionals at Renken Dentistry are skilled at periodontal maintenance and at restoring our patients’ good health. To restore your gums and overall oral health, book an appointment with our Springfield, IL office today.