Periodontal disease is diagnosed during a periodontal examination as part of your regular dental check-up. The sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums is measured. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. We may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).
Please feel free to contact us for further information about peridontal care.
Dr. Kim Turchi D.D.S
23441 Madison Street, Suite 210
Torrance, CA 90505
Telephone: 310. 373 2100