Ultrasonic Scaling Helps You Manage Gum Disease

Periodontitis is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss for patients. If you are experiencing this problem, it is important to get deep cleanings done to help manage your symptoms. To make this process more efficient, Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, offer ultrasonic scaling. This tool uses soundwaves to help break down the bacteria from under the gumline which causes periodontal disease.

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Signs That You May Have Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of this infection. Common symptoms of this stage may include swollen and red gums, and bleeding when you floss. Gingivitis can be prevented with proper oral hygiene. You should be brushing twice a day as well as flossing. This helps remove food particles and bacteria from the spaces between your teeth. While this condition can be prevented, some factors can increase your risk. Patients who smoke tobacco, have autoimmune disorders, or other health complications may be more likely to develop periodontitis.

How Do Periodontal Cleanings Help

At your next checkup, the dentist will examine your oral cavity for any signs of concern. If they notice possible symptoms of gingivitis, they will likely recommend that you schedule a deep cleaning service. If caught in the earliest stage, this problem can be reversed. However, if it is not caught early enough, it can only be managed and not fully treated.

The deep cleaning is more thorough than the one performed during your biannual checkup. The team will use the ultrasonic scaler to remove bacteria and plaque buildup from below the gumline. Traditionally, periodontal cleanings are longer appointments and use gentle tools to accomplish this. Through ultrasonic scaling, these visits can be more comfortable for the patient and may take less time. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need several of these a year to help manage your symptoms.

What If You Do Not Manage The Disease

Periodontal disease happens in stages. If gingivitis is not found and treated promptly, it can progress into early gum disease, then moderate, and finally severe. During severe periodontitis, patients may be at risk of losing their teeth. This can be cause for concern because tooth loss can make it difficult to chew and talk and can change your alignment. It can be difficult to replace teeth if they have been lost to this infection because the gums and jawbone may not be able to support a prosthetic replacement. Other problems associated with this infection include persistent bad breath and physical health concerns. Patients with periodontitis are at higher risk of developing heart problems, like stroke and disease.

Schedule An Appointment With Our Team

If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, schedule an ultrasonic scaling appointment with Dr. Browne’s team in Prairie Village, KS. You can call us at 913-901-8585.