Deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is an effective way to treat gums with periodontal disease. A deep cleaning with laser dentistry allows the process to be quicker and more comfortable than a deep cleaning done by hand. Dental lasers use a concentrated beam of light to provide precision and speed to the process. In a scaling and root planing, laser dentistry is used to precisely remove plaque from along and beneath the gum line. Plaque and tartar that get built-up under the gum line can cause gum disease.
Preventing gum disease
Gingivitis is the early form of gum disease that can be reversed with a deep cleaning. Gingivitis is when the plaque and tartar build-up under the gums becomes inflamed. The gums will become red, puffy, and may bleed easily during brushing and flossing. If not treated, gum disease can progress into peridontitis. Periodontitis is the most advanced form of gum disease. When the inflammation caused by gingivitis persists, large pockets form between the teeth and the gums. These pockets continue to fill up with plaque and tartar, and get infected. A deep cleaning can help to clear out the build-up and the infection.
Gum disease on your overall health
Periodontitis not only weakens your gums, but it also weakens the bone that support your gums. Over time, gum disease can put your teeth at risk of falling out. Gum disease can also increase your risk for heart disease. The infection in your gums can travel through your blood to your heart triggering inflammation in the arteries. Oral infections can cause blood clots, which increases your risk for stroke and other complications. Gum disease can be prevented.
Protect your health with a deep cleaning
A deep cleaning with laser dentistry can be a more comfortable way to prevent and treat gum disease. Schedule a consultation by calling Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, at (763) 416-0606. We proudly service the residents of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Elk River, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Wayzata, and surrounding communities.