The supportive tissue of the teeth, that is the Periodontium and alveolar bone, are frequently over looked in the course of dental treatments. As the supportive network for the teeth, any diseases affecting the bone or periodontal ligament may result in the premature loss of the affected tooth.
Gingivitis, Periodontal disease and gingival recession are examples of the diseases that may affect the tooth’s supportive tissue.
How is gum disease treated?
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. We may also suggest changing certain behaviours, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
The dentist, periodontist, or dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. At Jbay dental studio a laser may be used to kill bacteria and assist in healing. This procedure can result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods.
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J-Bay Dental Studio
1 Flame Crescent
Jeffreys Bay, 6330
T: +27 (42) 293 1244