Unfortunately, the bacteria that cause tooth decay can work themselves under the gum line and cause damage that ordinary brushing and a professional hygienist's cleaning cannot remove. In this case, periodontal therapy may be required. This involves folding back the gum and deep cleaning the pockets of decay from the tooth. Several visits may be necessary depending on how extensive and deep the decay extends below the gum line. Dr. Schneider can examine and test your teeth and advise you about the need and extent of any indicated periodontal work.
- Perio Instructions
- 1-month Periodontal Recare Visit
- 3-month Periodontal Recare Visit
- Instructions Following Scaling & Root Planing
- Instructions to Minimze Symptoms
If you have disease present, which means bleeding, tenderness, or increased depth of the cuff of tissue around your teeth, then a therapeutic cleaning is what is needed for you. Depending on your individualized problem you may benefit from either Supportive Periodontal Therapy (SPT) or Scaling or Root Planing.
Supportive Periodontal Therapy is a more thorough cleaning regimen designed to remove excess deposits that are inflaming the gum tissue.
Scaling and Root Planing is an even more thorough cleaning removing deposits and toxic substances that have attached to the roots of the teeth. Typically, there is loss of the supportive bone because of these elements.
Often, these two therapeutic regimens are combined, again depending on the amount and location of disease present.