When caught early enough, the beginning stages of gum disease (also known as gingivitis) can be easy to maintain and treat with proper professional dental care. With more frequent dental cleanings and a proper at home dental care routine, some damage may be reversible.
Left untreated, gingivitis can progress into a more serious problem known as periodontal gum disease. At more advanced stages, periodontal diseases are no longer reversible. At Renken Dentistry, our Springfield periodontist is proud to treat periodontal diseases using deep cleaning (also known as scaling and root planing). During the treatment, the affected areas will be numbed and any bacteria, plaque and tartar will be thoroughly removed from the teeth, tooth roots and even gum pockets. Any rough spots on the teeth will be smoothed, making it harder for bacteria to attach.
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 ultimate goal of periodontal maintenance 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.