Have you noticed your gums bleeding when you eat food or brush the teeth? This could be due to gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis. They have to be treated at the right time, which otherwise can upset one’s oral health severely. Periodontal therapy is a comprehensive treatment procedure which is known to be highly effective against gum diseases.
What are the symptoms of gum diseases?
- Bleeding gums
- Release of pus from the gums
- Extreme pain when you bite and chew food, brush the teeth, etc.
- Receding gum line and deeper gum pockets
- Jawbone deterioration and loosening of the teeth from their socket
- Decayed gum tissues which make them appear dark.
Scaling and root planing
One of the best ways to remove the adhered plaque and tartar is through scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of removing the tartar from the teeth’ surfaces, and root planing is removing tartar from the tooth roots. These procedures are carried out using an ultrasonic scaling device and a hook-like scaling tip. Since root planing could be painful, it will be performed under the influence of local anesthesia.
Medication such as Arestin will be placed under the gums and in the gum pockets. This helps to arrest the infection and the tissues to heal effectively. The dentist may also suggest other medications based on individual conditions.
To have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Ko, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (925) 847-8790, and we will be happy to help.