The first line of defense against the presence of gum disease is a unique type of cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this procedure, we remove plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth where regular cleaning can't reach. We often use a laser in conjunction with this extremely thorough cleaning. Then, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out (planed). This provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
If you address your gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing or scaling and root planing in conjunction with the laser may be the only treatment you need. However, as with any dental procedure, after-care is vital. In order to keep your teeth in good shape, and resist future occurrences of gum disease, you must brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, avoid tobacco use, and have regular dental checkups.