Dr. Matz occasionally may find that patients require more than a standard dental cleaning. When the supporting tissue, known as the periodontium, is unhealthy, we are able to perform a non-surgical gum treatment. You are able to detect signs of an unhealthy periodontium, also known as gum disease. Signs that you can look for include gums that are puffy, red and bleed easily. Some think that it is normal to have your gums bleed when you brush or floss, this is not true. You may be able to see that your gums are pulling away from your teeth, you may have consistently bad breath, or may feel that your teeth are loose or shifting. These are signs of a problem, but a problem that we can help with. Dr. Matz and his dental team including the dental hygienist are able to perform a deep cleaning.
What is a deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning is a dental treatment that will help establish a healthy periodontium, meaning a healthy tissue base for your teeth. Dr. Matz needs to clean between your gums and teeth, all of the way down to the root, where bacteria has reached and caused an infection. The red, puffy, bleeding, indicates infection. For this treatment we may perform procedures including local anesthetic, root planing, scaling, ultrasonic vibrations and possibly antibiotics. Scaling is the cleaning process of removing calculus and bacteria that has gone below the gum line. Planing is the process of smoothing out your dental roots, this makes it less likely for bacteria to accumulate in the future. Gum disease left untreated will lead to more extensive problems including surgeries or tooth extraction. Gum disease is never cured, but it can be maintained, and you want to maintain it to keep your healthy smile.