OH NO: Dr. Koshki just told me that I have gum disease…..
Symptoms of periodontal disease include red and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and receding gums and loose teeth. Smoking, certain illnesses (such as diabetes), older age, and other factors increase the risk for periodontal disease. Without proper treatment, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
Often called a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is the first approach for treating periodontal disease. This procedure is a deep cleaning to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar). Scaling involves scraping tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing focuses on eliminating tartar and plaque below the gum and detoxifying the root surfaces where the disease occurs. Obtaining smooth roots and flushing out the pockets allows for healthy reattachment of the gums to the root surfaces. Dr. Koshki and his hygienists will reevaluate the success of this treatment in follow-up visits. If deep periodontal pockets and infection remain, periodontal surgery may be recommended. Dr. Koshki is one of the few dentists certified in the use of dental lasers for the treatment of gum disease. Dr. Koshki and his hygienists (also certified in the use of dental lasers) find that adding laser treatment to regular deep cleanings is the next step to helping you achieve excellent oral health. We are always glad to answer any questions you may have about your periodontal conditions and treatments in our office.