Suffering from periodontal gum disease? Dr. Dinoi, our Periodontist, performs in-office surgical cleanings and scalings.
Surgical scaling and cleaning is used to treat periodontal disease. With periodontal disease, the bone and gum tissue around the teeth becomes infected with bacteria that destroys them. This results in a "pocket" being created around the tooth.
Eventually the loss of bone and increase in pocket depth may lead to tooth mobility or tooth loss. Surgical cleaning of the bone and the gums removes the bacteria and inflamed particles allowing the regeneration of healthy tissue.
From the A.D.A.: "Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There is a very shallow v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line in the sulcus, where they cause the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket: generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket."
For more details, visit the American Dental Association (ADA).