Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is a disease that attacks the tissues and bones that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the formation of plaque and bacteria on the teeth, above and below the gum line. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss. Let our dentists know if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Inflamed, tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing
- Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
- A change in your bite
- Loose permanent teeth
If you have gum disease, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may recommend scaling and root planing in Shelby Township, Michigan. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that effectively treats gingivitis before it becomes severe. There are two steps of scaling and root planing.
- Scaling – in which our dentists remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surface.
- Root Planing – in which the roots of the teeth are cleaned and smoothed to remove bacterial toxins and make it difficult for plaque to adhere to the teeth.
Scaling and root planing may also be combined with other types of periodontal therapy, such as antibiotic treatment, to produce the best results. Scaling and root planing is typically recommended in the earlier stages of gum disease, and is generally successful in halting the progression of the disease.
To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists and learn more about scaling and root planing, call our office today at 586-685-0880.