Welcome to our practice, where we offer scaling and root planing services in Lakeland, Florida. If you’re experiencing gum disease or have been told that you may benefit from these procedures,  Kawveh Nofallah, DMD in Lakeland is here to help.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a common oral health problem that affects millions of people. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth infect the gums, causing inflammation and damage to the tissue and bones that support the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health issues.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Many people confuse periodontal disease and gum disease. The fact is, they are one and the same. However, there are other gum diseases. Periodontal disease is just one of the most common types of gum disease.

Periodontal disease is a type of infection that affects the tissues and bones that support the teeth. It is caused by the accumulation of plaque, a kind of bacteria that forms on the surface of the teeth. If this plaque is not removed quickly, it hardens. Hardened plaque is called tartar. Tartar can only be removed with scaling and root planing.

Periodontal disease can range from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis). In the early stages, periodontal disease may cause redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. As the condition progresses, the gums may recede and pockets may form between the gums and teeth, leading to the loss of bone and teeth.

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What causes Periodontal Disease?

Plaque includes a film of bacteria that attaches to teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque cause irritation of the tissues that support your teeth. This irritation can lead to chronic inflammation, bleeding and infection that can destroy your gum and bone tissue.

Risk Factors of Periodontal Disease

The following are some of the most common risk factors for periodontal disease:

  • Poor oral hygiene – Not brushing and flossing regularly can allow plaque to accumulate on the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of gum disease.
  • Tobacco use – Smoking and chewing tobacco can increase the risk of gum disease by reducing blood flow to the gums and inhibiting the body’s ability to fight infection.
  • Certain medications – Some medications, such as certain types of antidepressants and blood pressure medications, can cause dry mouth, which can increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Certain medical conditions – Medical conditions such as diabetes can make an individual more susceptible to gum disease, as high blood sugar levels can affect the body’s ability to fight infection.
  • Genetic susceptibility – Some people may be more genetically predisposed to developing gum disease.

It’s important to note that these are just some of the risk factors for periodontal disease. Other factors, such as age, diet, and stress, may also play a role. It’s important to see a dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene to prevent and treat gum disease. Periodontitis can irreversibly damage the gums, bones and other structure that support the teeth and it can lead to tooth loss. However, treatment can help. At more advanced stages, the disease may require more complex treatment to prevent tooth loss. In the worst case, teeth can become loose and need to be removed by the dentist.

Treatment for periodontal disease may include professional cleanings, scaling and root planing and surgery. In severe cases, tooth extraction may be necessary. It is important to see a dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene to prevent and treat periodontal disease. How periodontitis is treated often depends on how far the condition has progressed and how well your body responds to therapy over time. Periodontal diseases are most often progressive – left untreated, the condition often becomes worse.

How is the disease diagnosed?

If gum disease is diagnosed, your dentist may provide treatment, or you may be referred to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.

How is the disease treated?

The first non-surgical step usually involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planing. This is sometimes referred to as “periodontal” or “deep” cleaning. Scaling and root planing is a method of treating periodontal disease when pockets are greater than 3mm. Scaling is used to remove plaque and tartar beneath the gum line.

Scaling and Root Planing in Lakeland, FL

Scaling and root planing are two non-surgical procedures that your dentist in Lakeland, Florida uses to treat periodontal disease. Scaling involves the removal of plaque and tartar from above and underneath the gum line. This helps to reduce the bacterial infection in the gums and allows them to heal. Root planing is a more in-depth cleaning process that involves smoothing out the roots of the teeth to help the gums reattach to the teeth.

How Is Scaling and Root Planing Done?

Both scaling and root planing can be performed in our office. Depending upon the actual condition and how much buildup there is, multiple visits may be necessary. During the procedure, we will numb the area to ensure your comfort. After the treatment, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, but this should go away within a few days.

Outcomes of Scaling and Root Planing

It’s important to note that scaling and root planing is not a one-time fix. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, is key to preventing gum disease from returning. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive oral hygiene plan to help you maintain healthy gums and teeth.

If you are in need of scaling and root planing services in Lakeland, Florida, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team of dental professionals is dedicated to providing high-quality care and helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles.  Kawveh Nofallah, DMD in Lakeland looks forward to serving you and helping you to achieve your oral health goals.

See a Professional Dentist

If you have gum disease, you should see a professional dentist. At Kawveh Nofallah, DMD, our experienced team of dentists specialize in scaling and root planing to help treat periodontal disease and heal gum tissue. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.

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