Periodontal Health

Deep Periodontal Cleaning

Regular checkup and cleaning appointments are necessary for preventing oral bacteria from becoming a serious threat to your smile. However, in some cases, regular cleaning isn’t enough to prevent every threat, such as when oral bacteria work their way underneath your gums. These bacteria can lead to the development of gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease – which can increase your risks of tooth loss as it erodes your gum tissues and jawbone. To prevent this, your dentist might recommend periodontal cleaning, or deep cleaning, to access and remove the bacteria that are infecting your gums.

What Periodontal Cleaning Means

Deep cleaning is one of the most important measures in preventing and addressing gum disease. If your gingivitis is detected early enough, periodontal cleaning may be able to reverse the condition and help you avoid the damages it can cause to your oral health. If your gum disease is more progressed, it could be just the first step in an ongoing periodontal maintenance plan. You may have to routinely visit for more involved treatment, such as gum grafting and/or jawbone grafting. If you’ve lost one or more teeth to the disease, your dentist might also suggest replacing them with one or more dental implants after your periodontal treatment gets your gum disease under control.

Learn More About Caring for Periodontal Health

Your periodontal health is important to the long-term state of your oral health, as well as to your risks of losing one or more teeth. To learn more, schedule your next appointment by calling Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652.