Dental Deep Cleaning in Lynnwood
Treatment for Gum Disease and Periodontitis Lynnwood
Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing (deep cleaning) in Lynnwood
The objective of "scaling and root planing" (also known as deep cleaning) is to remove dental plaque and tartar which cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding bone. Conventional procedures remove plaque and tartar, but these non-surgical procedures are effective for individuals suffering from minimal to moderate gingivitis.
Treatment for gum disease and periodontitis, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is only performed after a thorough examination of the mouth. Your dentist will take X-rays, conduct visual examinations and make a diagnosis. Depending on the current condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets and the progression of the periodontitis, your dentist will determine whether scaling and root panning is appropriate for you.
This procedure is usually performed with special dental instruments and may include an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool removes calculus and plaque from the surface of the crown and root surfaces. In many cases, the scaling tool includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums that can help reduce oral bacteria.
This procedure is a specific treatment that serves to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted bacteria, toxins, and tartar. Root planing literally removes all these things and promotes good healing.
Why Do You Need Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing?
Disease prevention – The oral bacteria which cause periodontal infections can travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Scaling and root planing remove bacteria and halts the periodontal disease from progressing.
Tooth protection – When gum pockets exceed 3 mm in-depth, there is a greater risk of periodontal disease. As pockets deepen, they tend to house more colonies of dangerous bacteria, which may lead to tooth loss.
Aesthetic effects – Scaling and root planing help remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and below the gumline.
Better breath – One of the most common signs of periodontal disease is halitosis (bad breath). Food particles and bacteria can cause a persistent bad odor in your oral cavity which is alleviated with cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing.
Periodontal Maintenance in Lynnwood
Periodontal maintenance has been proven to be the most important phase of periodontal therapy. Regardless of what comes before, be it scaling and root planning or surgical care, the maintenance phase determines the long-term success of care. During a maintenance appointment, often called by patients “a cleaning” the therapist examines the mouth, removes plaque, hard deposits are known as calculus or tartar, polishes the teeth and reinforces home care such as brushing/flossing, etc.
Another crucial part of maintenance is the periodontal exam. The only way to know if a patient is stable, better or worse. The interval for maintenance appointments is determined by the dentist based on each patient’s needs. My average recommended interval is 3 or 4 months.
Periodontal disease is a chronic (meaning its always there) situation. The goal of therapy is to attain the best level of health as possible and maintain that for a lifetime. Sometimes life gets in the way of keeping up with maintenance. It’s always a surprise to see how much time passes for some of our patients when they return to re-establish our relationship. Perio therapy works, but you need to be consistent to get better results. The point is that something is better than nothing when it comes to maintenance so don’t get overwhelmed thinking it’s too much of a long-term commitment.
Cost of Deep Cleaning
At Lynnwood Dental Studio, deep cleaning (periodontal scaling and root planing) costs between $165 and $220, depending on the number of teeth involved.
Contact your local dentist at Lynnwood Dental Studio to schedule an appointment. You can also book an appointment at your convenience on our website.
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