Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal (Deep) Cleaning for Gingivitis

Approximately 75% of adults in America have gum disease to some degree, and in its advanced stages, the disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The good news is that, when detected and treated early, the first stage of gum disease (known as gingivitis) can often be reversed, or controlled so that it doesn’t progress any further. Because gingivitis forms from oral bacteria accumulating underneath your gums, Dr. Burds may recommend periodontal (or deep) cleaning to remove the bacteria and restore your healthy gums. Because periodontal cleaning is more complex than dental cleaning, you may need more than one visit to complete your treatment.

The Symptoms of Gum Disease

Also described as scaling and root planing, the process of periodontal cleaning involves carefully accessing and cleaning the roots of your teeth, which rest underneath your gums. By doing so, Dr. Burds can help you alleviate the troublesome symptoms of gum disease, including:

  • Inflamed, tender gums
  • Occasional bleeding in your gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Periodontal pockets (caused by gum recession)
  • Tooth sensitivity, especially in your teeth roots

The most notable of these, however, is the inflammation that affects your gums, which is caused by oral bacteria that affect your immune system. Because of the rampant inflammation associated with gum disease, its presence can negatively influence your overall health, as well. Studies have shown that chronic gum disease and inflammation can significantly heighten your risks of experiencing other chronic inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, dementia, and more.

Learn More About Scaling and Root Planing

If you exhibit signs of gingivitis, such as inflammation and gum recession, then periodontal scaling and root planing may be able to hold back the onset of gum disease, if you seek treatment in time. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.