Quincy Dentist offers non-surgical gum disease treatment
If you are diagnosed with periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, Quincy dentist Dr. Steve Matarazzo’s treatment protocol incorporates innovative laser dentistry techniques as a first course of action.
Root planing, scaling, and antimicrobials is the trifecta Dr. Matarazzo has found to be most effective in preserving teeth and gums. These procedures are essentially a deep, intense cleaning performed by the dentist or hygienist targeted at the source of periodontal disease: at or below the gum line.
Although advanced gum disease is not reversible, these procedures can suspend gum disease’s progression by scrubbing away the damaged tissue, clearing hardened tartar, and infuse the tooth and gum pocket with bacteria-fighting agents.
Scaling works by using an ultrasonic tool and special hand instruments to remove root surface tartar. The ultrasonic pulses pulverize and flush away tartar buildup. Left untreated, this hardened plaque, or tartar, turns into a low-level form of gum disease called gingivitis. This inflammation will worsen and eventually migrate to the tooth root, breaking down the tooth’s structure and causing it to separate from the gum, forming a pocket. The tooth could loosen and can dislodge. The surrounding gum immediately begins receding and the bacteria can spread to adjacent teeth.
Root planing shaves and smooths the uneven rough spots on tooth surfaces and roots, which can harbor bacteria. A tooth free of these minute crannies gives bacteria less chance to accumulate, particularly in the pockets between the tooth and gum.
Following the root planing the dentist will administer an infusion of antibiotics into the gum to eradicate any remaining bacteria and fortify the tissues to ward off infection during the healing process.
You will receive a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort during the entire procedure. You will not feel pain, just slight pressure from the instruments working in your mouth.
Depending upon the size of the diseased periodontal area, you may require several visits to complete a round of treatment. It is vital to understand that root planing and scaling is not a cure. A commitment to ongoing maintenance is required by the patient to ensure that the spread of the gum disease is halted.Back to Laser Dentistry Page