New Rochelle General Dentist
Periodontal cleanings are performed as part of the treatment regimen for gingivitis and periodontitis, forms of periodontal disease that are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Adults generally require periodontal cleanings, but teenagers with poor oral hygiene habits or those eating a diet missing sufficient nutrients can develop gingivitis. Your New Rochelle General Dentist, Todd D. Wortman, DDS, performs a periodontal cleaning as part of the treatment for this disease.
Providing the best possible dental care to the New Rochelle community for 14 years, experience is combined with genuine concern for our patients. Dr. Wortman uses cutting-edge technologies in treating periodontal disease. The main component to this treatment is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a thorough cleaning of the root surface below the gum line to remove plaque, toxins, tartar, and stains, which can cause inflammation to the gum tissue and adjoining bone. This procedure is more intensive than a routine general cleaning and an important part of stopping the progression of periodontal disease. This especially becomes an issue once deeper pockets have formed in the gums, which is really in the bone. Your New Rochelle General Dentist knows that scaling and root planing is one of the most effective periodontal methods of treating gum disease before it becomes severe. With gum disease, pockets develop that are deeper than usual, so this kind of scaling and root planing are often referred to as deep periodontal cleaning. This deep cleaning may be performed using a number of dental tools, including ultrasonic instruments and hand instruments, such as periodontal scalers and curettes. Considering your comfort and peace of mind, Dr. Wortman will numb the area prior to your treatment.
Research has shown that scaling and root planing greatly reduces inflammation of the gums, reduces “pocket” depths and removes bacteria. With that research in mind, this form of Periodontal Cleaning is usually the first mode of treatment recommended by your New Rochelle General Dentist, for treating periodontitis. In addition to scaling and root planing, antibiotics may be used in pill form or locally administered into the pockets. When Periodontal Cleanings alone cannot control the disease, your New Rochelle General Dentist will recommend more progressive periodontal procedures. These procedures are aimed at reducing the periodontal pocketing and sometimes include techniques focusing on regeneration of the bone and supporting structures that have been lost to the periodontal disease.