When you brush your teeth, you may notice that your gums bleed. This can be a symptom of periodontal disease, a condition where bacterial build-up on your teeth irritates your gums, causing them to pull away from the tooth surfaces. When left untreated, this can cause tooth loss and possibly other health problems. If your gums are consistently bleeding during brushing and flossing, schedule a consultation with our Hamden practice.
Periodontal charting is an essential portion of each check-up at our practice, and it will help us determine the severity of your condition and whether professional intervention is necessary. Depending on our findings, we may recommend the following services:
Scaling and root planning is essentially an in-depth cleaning that moves beyond the scope of a traditional hygiene appointment. During this procedure, our team will remove accumulations of plaque from below the gum line with special instruments – this is the ‘scaling’ portion. During the ‘root planning’ portion, we will target the rough patches that are located on certain tooth surfaces and roots. These areas accumulate bacterial growth, and we will smooth them to help prevent reoccurrences of infection.
This is a procedure in which your gums can be contoured to allow for easier access in brushing and flossing and at the same time eliminates disease. The ability to properly brush and floss is a very important part in controlling more loss of bone and gum indicating the progression of a disease.