Scale and Clean

Scale and Clean

Periodontal disease is the number one chronic infectious disease in the world. Surveys and studies show that over 50% of the American adult population have gingivitis and that 36% have periodontal disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss, and begins as a painless infection in the gums that is caused by build-up of bacteria. The bacteria build-up becomes DENTAL PLAQUE. If left untreated, pockets of plaque form around the gum tissue and plaque continues to accumulate below the gum line. Inflammation results, destroying the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. These bacteria can travel into the bloodstream and other parts of the body, putting a person’s health at risk.

Periodontitis is a bacterially-induced, chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the connective tissues and bone that support teeth.

Treatment for periodontal disease is

  1. Nonsurgical treatment
    – Oral hygiene instruction
    – Scale and Clean, Subgingival removal of bacterial plaque and calculus
    – Tooth Planing
    – Antibiotic therapy
  2. Surgical treatment

During the scaling, an ultrasonic unit is used to clean tartar and visible particles from the teeth. Scaling removes deposits of bacterial plaque, food debris, and any pus that has accumulated in the infected pocket as a result of periodontitis. 

Root planning smooths and cleans the root of the tooth so that the gum tissue next to the tooth may heal.