Periodontal Therapy (Deep Cleaning)

Dr. Swiger is proud to offer the latest technology available for periodontal therapy:

What is Periodontal Therapy:

Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat periodontal disease before it becomes so severe that it requires surgery. Root planing and scaling cleans the pocketing areas that have formed between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. These areas are created when gum tissue begin to pull away from teeth and bacteria migrates down the root of the tooth where a toothbrush can not reach. This causes gums to become inflamed and bleed in many cases. Hard mineral deposits also may form down in these areas. Your dentist may need to numb your gum tissue for comfort in accessing these areas during this procedure.

What to expect after treatment:

Some sensitivity to hot and cold following periodontal treatment is normal. As the gum tissue heals, shrinkage of the unhealthy tissue occurs. This can sometimes expose more of the root surface of the teeth. If this becomes bothersome, a desensitizing agent can be applied to the affected areas. We recommend using a sensitivity protection toothpaste as well and to avoid toothpastes that contain tartar control, whitening or baking soda. Rinsing with a fluorinated mouth wash or brushing with prescription fluoride toothpaste daily can also help reduce sensitivity.

Some slight bleeding and/or discomfort is to be expected. Taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication is usually sufficient in relieving the discomfort that may be associated with this type of procedure.

Most patients are able to continue their normal daily routine once the numbness wears off with some precautions that will be discussed at your appointment. These precautions include things to avoid eating and drinking while numb, and when to resume normal homecare instruction.

Re-Evaluation:

It is normally recommended that you return for a periodontal maintenance appointment anywhere from 4-6 weeks to determine how much healing has occurred in the periodontal pockets, any changes that need to be made to your home care program, and if any additional therapy will be required.