Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can be a problematic dental and overall health problem that can lead to infection, tooth loss and destruction of vital tissues in the mouth. The disease starts with a mild form of the disease, known as gingivitis, which is a buildup of plaque between the teeth and gums. This plaque build-up causes inflammation, redness, and irritation around the gums.
If treated early, gingivitis is easily reversed with professional care from your dentist. If allowed to progress, however, gingivitis leads to a more advanced state of the disease.
Scaling and root planing: This non-surgical procedure, which is completed under a local anesthetic, involves scraping away rough spots on the tooth’s root below the gum line and smoothing out its surface to prevent bacterial buildup in the gum pocket.
Think you need periodontal disease treatment? Contact our periodontist in Houston today to schedule an appointment!
Dr. Rosecler Marmentini is an orthodontist and specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.