Advanced periodontal treatments restore your healthy, attractive smile in Cleveland, OH
You cannot have healthy teeth with unhealthy gums! Your teeth depend on your gums for support and protection. When this pink-red tissue is threatened by inflammation and disease, these progressive conditions ultimately threaten the structure and health of your teeth. In fact, alongside tooth decay, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Often, standard professional cleanings at the Downtown Dental Services office are sufficient to keep your gums healthy. However, Dr. Tony Lu may recommend other periodontal treatments to Cleveland, OH area patients. Therapies such as scaling and root planing resolve active disease and promote healthy reattachment of the gums to the teeth.
At least every six months, we recommend a check-up that includes an oral exam and cleaning. These cleanings can remove stubborn, built-up plaque and tartar from the teeth and the gumline. During these visits, our team will also measure the space between the teeth and gums. The larger this pocket or space, the more advanced the stage of gum inflammation or disease. Consider how the bacteria in plaque, if it is not removed adequately, can irritate the gums, and progressively erode tissue. Depending on your needs, we may recommend another form of periodontal therapy.
Scaling and root planing
Think of standard six-month cleanings to maintain the health of your gums. Think of scaling and root planing as the way to restore the health of your gums. This two-part “deep cleaning” treatment involves:
- Scaling, using a specialized dental instrument to remove plaque and tartar from underneath the gums
- Planing, using another specialized dental instrument to smooth the surfaces of the tooth roots
Rough root surfaces tend to attract bacteria and other harmful substances. This process effectively eradicates bacteria from periodontal pockets and encourages healthy healing.
Dr. Lu is pleased to offer an array of advanced techniques and technologies to patients in downtown Cleveland. These sophisticated approaches are generally more precise, non-invasive, conservative, efficient, and well-tolerated than standard or conventional techniques and tools. For instance, lasers represent a gentle way to precisely manipulate both hard and soft tissues. When using laser instruments to resolve periodontal damage, patients appreciate that treatment is painless, quick, and non-traumatic. For this reason, laser dentistry is a welcome option for patients who suffer from dental fear or anxiety that keeps them away from the office. Since these approaches are so non-invasive, numbing medications or shots may not be necessary.
Do not wait for your gums to be painful to call us. We will get you on a healthy routine that preserves your stunning, fully functional smile.