Charting and Diagnostics
Scaling and Root Planing - Periodontal scaling and root planing is a conservative cleaning procedure removing contamination and infection beneath the gum. Scaling removes deposits of bacterial plaque, calculus and pus that have accumulated in the infected pocket due to periodontitis. Root planing smooths and cleans the root of the tooth.
With the use of antibiotics, we provide chemotherapeutic treatment to treat your periodontal disease. We use Arestin, an antibiotic that we administer locally, directly into the infected pockets between your teeth. Usually, we will administer Arestin after scaling and root planing, a common procedure used to treat periodontal disease. We have found Arestin is an excellent treatment for chronic periodontitis, an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. It significantly reduces the depth of infected pockets and helps prevent disease progression
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the teeth, gums and the bone that surrounds the teeth. It is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Stopping this condition begins with a thorough diagnosis. To identify periodontal disease, we perform a comprehensive examination including periodontal charting and x-rays. If we detect periodontal disease, we will talk with you about treatment options and proper home care to minimize bone loss and restore the health of your gums. Our approach is conservative. We use the non-surgical method whenever possible, using the latest antibiotic therapy techniques to fight the bacteria causing advanced forms of periodontal disease.
The American Dental Association recommends frequent dental checkups and professional cleanings for patients of all ages. At your checkup, the dentist may take X-rays or photographs, and he or she will thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums for signs of trouble. Issues like hairline cracks and small areas of decay can be treated quickly and effectively. By identifying and resolving problems early, we can save you time, money, and inconvenience.