A basic cleaning or scaling is the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. A deep cleaning or root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gumline. Be sure to discuss the health of your gums with Dr. Mital Patel at Scottsdale Family Dental during your next visit.
Advanced Gum Treatments
If gum disease has progressed to a severe stage, Dr. Yoon at Scottsdale Family Dental uses more aggressive forms of treatment available. Flap Surgery is a procedure where the dental professional pulls back the gums and removes the tartar and any other debris from the lower tooth and root. Then the gums are stitched back in place so they are firmly against the teeth. Grafts of bone and tissue are used to replace destroyed gum, connective or bone tissue. These procedures also promote new tissue growth to connect the grafted tissue to the structures that were already present. This helps strengthen and create a stronger foundation for the teeth and gums that were harmed by gum disease.
If a tooth is lost, an implant can be used to provide both cosmetic and functional replacement. Anchors are surgically implanted in the bone beneath the gums to mimic a normal tooth root. A temporary crown or healing cap is connected to the anchor until the gums heal and grow around the replacement tooth. Just like a crown or bridge, the temporary crown is later replaced with the permanent fixture. Ask Dr. Chris Yoon at Scottsdale Family Dental if implants might be right for you.