When you have gingivitis, regular periodontal cleanings are an essential service that helps manage your symptoms. Thanks to modern dental technology, ultrasonic scaling has improved the thoroughness and comfort of this service. Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, are dedicated to helping patients maintain a healthy smile. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease such as inflamed gums or loose teeth, ultrasonic scaling may be able to improve your symptoms.Read more: Ultrasonic Scaling Provides A Deeper Cleaning
Causes Of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque buildup below the gumline. While a standard oral hygiene routine can prevent your chances of developing this problem, some factors can increase your risks. Smoking, genetics, diet, and other diseases can make you more susceptible to gingivitis.
Good oral hygiene is an essential part of your overall well-being. Patients with this condition are also more likely to develop heart-related problems. The infection within your gingival tissue can spread into your bloodstream. This may put you at risk of heart attack or disease.
How Ultrasonic Scaling Works
If you have gingivitis or more advanced stages of periodontitis, it is important to manage your symptoms with thorough cleanings and at-home hygiene. A standard prophylaxis usually takes around 30 minutes and involves cleaning and polishing the teeth. A periodontal service focuses on cleaning around and under the gumline.
In the past, deep cleanings would involve a long process of removing buildup with manual tools. This could cause discomfort for the patient, as you would need to sit in the chair for upwards of an hour. With ultrasonic scaling, the process is more efficient and comfortable.
Ultrasonic scaling provides a deeper clean than a standard checkup. During this process, a special tool will be used which helps remove buildup from below the gumline. The soundwaves created by this tool assist in removing plaque and leave you with a more in-depth clean. Depending on the stage of periodontitis, you may need several appointments a year to manage your symptoms.
The Benefits Of Gum Contouring
In some cases, a cosmetic treatment can help reduce your chances of infection. Having a gummy smile can make it more difficult to brush and floss properly, thus increasing your chances of inflammation. Contouring reshapes the tissue surrounding your teeth. By removing excess tissue, you can thoroughly clean the area around and below your dentition.
Patients with periodontal disease will need to go through a series of ultrasonic cleanings before consulting with your dentist about this cosmetic procedure.
We are Here To Help You
If you need help managing your periodontal disease, we are here to help. Call your Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office today at (913)901-8585 to schedule an ultrasonic scaling appointment.