If you are currently experiencing gum disease, you are not alone. Gum disease (or periodontitis) afflicts 64.7 million Americans. So what exactly is gum disease? Essentially, this disease is an infection of gum tissue, which can cause tooth loss if left untreated. And if you have gum disease, you are at risk for diabetes and heart disease as well, as the inflammation releases harmful bacteria throughout your body.
Thankfully, treating periodontal disease is easy in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. However, if you have advanced gum disease, treatment may involve additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.
At Twins Family Dentistry in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Pantea Nooraee we offer scaling and root planing for our patients with advanced gum disease. In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface, and with root planing we clean the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins.
While most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed comfortably without anesthetic, Dr. Pantea Nooraee is happy to offer anesthetic and other comfort options to ensure your comfort during your treatment. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.
If you need treatment for gum disease, please call our Twins Family Dentistry team in Frisco, Texas, to schedule with Dr. Pantea Nooraee. We look forward to restoring your healthy smile!