If you have periodontal disease, our Grand Rapids dentists will recommend scaling and root planing. People with periodontal disease often have deep gum pockets around their teeth that collect food particles and plaque. During a deep gum cleaning, our dentist will clean above and below the gum line to prevent further oral health issues.
Once we clean the gum pockets, we’ll smooth out tooth roots to help encourage your gums to reattach to teeth. It’s not uncommon for people with periodontitis to have receding gums. When gums pull back from the surface of your teeth, it exposes the roots. Periodontal disease can deteriorate gum and jawbone tissue until there’s nothing left to support your teeth.
It’s important that you see your dentist every 6 months (or more) to protect your oral health. Often, people don’t realize they have gum disease until their oral health has deteriorated. While advanced gum disease is incurable, there are plenty of things our dentists can do to help protect your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
Our dentists are dedicated to helping you maintain a beautiful healthy smile. To schedule scaling and root planing with one of our Grand Rapids dentists, call Contemporary Family Dental at (616) 209-3969.