Deep Cleaning (Periodontal Treatment)
Periodontal treatment is comparable to the scaling or deep cleaning carried out by hygienists, but with periodontal treatment, cleaning is more concentrated and goes deeper under the gum line, and may involve surgery.
Why Do I Need Periodontal Treatment?
You may need the treatment because of the bleeding of the gums, the presence of deep pockets and the loss of supporting fibres and supporting bone or severe swelling and bleeding of the gums.
What Are The Benefits Of This Treatment?
This will obviously depend on how severe the initial disease was and how well you maintain the cleanliness of your teeth in the future.
The response to treatments varies between people and depends on both the treatments and also on how well you control the build up of plaque.
Periodontal Treatment aims to diminish the progress of your periodontal disease which will subsequently make the gums bleed less, reduce the pockets and allow you to keep your natural set of teeth for a longer time.
What Are The Side Effects Of Periodontal Treatment?
The registered and known side effects are;
• An increase in tooth sensitivity: particularly to cold and sweet foods and drinks – You can control the sensitivity with specialist fluoride toothpaste
• Shrinkage of the gum line
• Roots of the teeth may become exposed.
• The teeth may appear longer with small spaces showing between the teeth
Does The Periodontal Treatment Hurt?
It may be tender. An option of anaesthesia will be given to numb the gums, before the procedure. The amount of cleaning also coincides with the amount of pain, so if there is a greater build up that needs cleaning, it will be slightly more painful.
When will my gums stop bleeding?
It will usually take up to 7-10 for the bleeding to stop. This again, is subject to the level of treatment.
Overview of Periodontal Treatment
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