Dr. Finkelstein has several ways to treat periodontal (gum) disease, which is infection to gums or surrounding soft tissue. Caused by a buildup of bacteria, the best way to prevent such infections is to practice good brushing, flossing, and nutrition every day. However, when the infection is too deep more extensive measures are needed. Beginning in small crevices where the tooth meets gum, these infections can appear as only minor swelling or bleeding. As the infection progresses however, it moves deeper below the gum line where it forms large pockets of bacteria in and around the roots of the tooth. Left untreated they will decay the bones of the tooth and jaw, which may require extractions. Essex Dental Professionals, in Livingston, NJ, will do everything possible to keep this from happening by performing one or more of the following procedures.
During any regular appointment to our Livingston, NJ office you will receive periodontal scaling and root planing. This procedure is done to remove excess plaque and bacteria that has formed on the teeth and around the gum line. Using an ultrasonic scaler, periodontal hand scalers, or curettes, a dental hygienist will carefully scrape along the visible surface of the tooth, which removes any plaque and also helps to smooth the tooth surface so it is more resistant to build up in the future.
Depending on the exact condition of the teeth, such as if infection has set in below the gums, the patient may require a deep cleaning. This involves performing scaling and planing on the root of the tooth below the gum line. At [LASTNAME]’s dental practice we always take care to ensure your dental hygienist is very gentle while [HESHE] performs this, and many patients feel no pain as the tools gently slip between the tooth and gum, but a mild anesthetic is sometimes used if it helps to relieve patient stress. For scaling and root planing in Livingston, West Orange, or Millburn contact our office today.