Periodontics is a dental specialty focusing on the prevention of gum disease. Because our gums support our teeth, doing everything possible to have healthy gums is a major step towards preventing tooth loss.
Individuals with early periodontal disease may feel no symptoms. That is why visiting your dentist for regular checkups is so important, since early detection and a thorough periodontal examination can detect and treat gum disease before it advances. Excellent oral hygiene at home is also beneficial.
Scaling and Root Planing
Even with good oral hygiene, some people naturally develop tough tartar and calculus high up on the gum line. Scaling and root planing treat and control tartar and calculus that leads to gum disease. Scaling removes accumulated plaque and tartar from under the gum line, where brushing and flossing cannot reach. Planing smoothes the surface of the tooth root to prevent further plaque and tartar accumulation.
When plaque and tartar deeply penetrate the gums, periodontal disease is advanced and surgery may be required. Laser surgery is a treatment option that provides effective results.
For more information about the gum therapy options available at our Calgary office for preventing and treating periodontal disease, please call 403-543-4600 or contact Aesthetic Dental Studio online. Dr. Chee welcomes patients from Cochrane and other areas of Alberta.