The health of gums and teeth are equally important in maintaining a great smile. If plaque and calculus are allowed to accumulate on the teeth, the resulting bacterial buildup can irritate and inflame the gums causing gum disease to develop.
Gum disease is a progressive condition that often starts silently, but without proper treatment, can progress into a more serious condition. The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is a relatively mild condition, but treatment is still important. Gingivitis is generally characterized by red, swollen, or inflamed gums, bleeding during flossing, and even halitosis (bad breath). If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into advanced cases that can cause bone loss, even eventually leading to tooth loss as well. We offer scaling and root planing and periodontal maintenance at our office in Allen, TX. These are two non-surgical treatment options designed to return your smile back to proper oral health by removing the cause of infection and cleansing the teeth and gums of bacterial and tartar buildup.
When gum disease has affected your smile, Dr. Bork offers a non-surgical alternative to gum disease care to get your mouth health again. Dr. Bork can perform non-surgical scaling and root planing to scrape away the bacteria and tartar build up from around your teeth and tooth roots. Scaling and root planing utilizes ultra-fine instruments that get below the gum line where your tooth brush and floss cannot reach. This area, often called a periodontal pocket, is a breeding ground for bacteria, so professional cleaning is the only way to cleanse the location. Once bacteria and buildup has been removed, the gum tissue can close back snuggly around the teeth and return your oral health to normal. The scaling and root planing procedure requires no surgery, cutting or sutures and can treat multiple areas in one session.
If you have been affected by periodontitis but had the disease treated, you will need routine periodontal maintenance to ensure gum disease does not return to affect your smile. Periodontal maintenance is a routine cleaning of your teeth and gums to remove bacteria and ensure that gum disease does not return again. Periodontal maintenance includes scaling and root planing treatment along with a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. Dr. Bork recommends patients come in to receive this treatment every three months to keep their mouths healthy and disease free.