If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, periodontal cleaning can prevent the infection from spreading and preserve your oral health. At Dr. Aaronson & Associates in New York City, the team offers several types of periodontal cleaning, including scaling and root planing, laser therapy, and antibiotic therapy. To make an appointment at the practice in Midtown East, Manhattan, call the office today or click the online booking feature.
Periodontal cleaning is an outpatient procedure that treats gum disease. Specifically, it removes plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria from around the base of your teeth and beneath your gum line.
By eradicating that buildup, it’s possible to reduce the risk of potentially serious issues, including gum recession and bone loss.
At Dr. Aaronson & Associates, the team offers several types of periodontal cleaning, including:
Scaling and root planing
If you have a mild or moderate case of gum disease, your provider might recommend scaling and root planing. During scaling and root planing, your dentist carefully removes the buildup of plaque and tartar from your teeth and beneath your gums.
Afterward, they smooth your tooth roots, making it easier for your gums to reattach to your teeth.
If you have a more serious case of gum disease that causes tooth sensitivity or bleeding gums, your provider might recommend antibiotic therapy. There are several types of antibiotic treatment for gum disease, including implantable beads, antiseptic mouth rinses, and oral antibiotics.
The type of therapy that will most benefit you depends on the severity of the infection, your age, and your medical history.
Sometimes, scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy aren’t enough to eliminate gum disease. Laser dentistry uses targeted light energy to remove diseased or damaged gum tissue. It also eliminates up to 99% of the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Periodontal cleaning is safe and usually well-tolerated. During treatment, your provider administers a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
Following periodontal cleaning, you might experience some gum swelling or increased tooth sensitivity, but these issues should subside within a few days.
The type of periodontal cleaning that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including the severity of your symptoms and your oral health history.
Following a comprehensive oral exam and a series of oral X-rays, your Dr. Aaronson & Associates provider can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.
To learn more about periodontal cleaning, make an appointment at Dr. Aaronson & Associates by calling the office today or clicking the online scheduling tool.