Gum disease can have a number of different causes. Hormonal changes, oral hygiene, personal habits and even genetics can all be contributing factors. However, as our dentists can tell you, the biggest culprit for gum disease is the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. As these substances accumulate, your gums swell in response. This gives the plaque a chance to reach below the gumline. If left untreated, this problem can result in lost teeth and a negative impact on your oral health. If this condition is caught early enough, our dentists can treat and even reverse with damage with a two-step process known as a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. During this treatment, the dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth both above and below the gumline. In the second step, the dentist will clean and smooth the roots of your teeth to allow them to form a healthy attachment to your jaw. The process may require a mild local anesthetic and is frequently completed in two visits.
Scaling and root planing are often the initial steps involved with the VISTA technique. Developed by Dr. Homayoun H. Zadeh, which is frquently used as part of the dental implant treatment. This technique gives Dr. Zadeh greater access to your soft tissues and ultimately enahces the health and amount of gum tissue at the treatment site.
If you have noticed the symptoms of gum disease and would like to learn more about scaling and root planing in Woodland Hills, California, call 818-703-7733 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Zadeh, Dr. Ali Zadeh, Dr. Sara Tanavoli or Dr. Karen Wager at Brighton Periodontal & Implant Dental Group.