When faced with mild cases of gum disease, more frequent professional cleanings may be enough to reverse the ill effects. If the symptoms progress, though, we’ll need to take a step further with scaling and root planing. This treatment can essentially be thought of as a deep cleaning that targets bacterial buildup above and below the gum tissue. Our hygienist will also smooth the tooth roots, which can develop rough surfaces over time that attract plaque and tartar.
Antibiotic therapy can serve as an excellent supplement to scaling and root planing. This medication is directly applied to the periodontal tissue and stays active for days and even weeks following your initial appointment, working to eliminate any stray traces of dangerous bacteria that may have remained in place. This approach can further reduce the risk of future inflammation and also even reduce the size of the periodontal pockets over time.