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As plaque builds up in your mouth, it mineralizes to become tartar. The longer this build up occurs, the more the tartar can invade below your gumline. Tartar will cause your gums to detach from your bone creating deeper periodontal pockets and allowing greater access for bacteria to burrow further. This is the cycle of periodontal disease. Your gums will become red and inflamed as your immune system tries to fight the bacteria in your periodontal pockets.

Scaling And Root Planing
Scaling and root planing or a “deep cleaning” is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that removes accessible calculus (tartar), bacterial toxins, and etiological agents that cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. The goal of scaling and root planing is to eliminate disease and return the supporting structures of the teeth to a healthy state that can be maintained by home care and professional maintenance appointments at our office.

Locally Delivered Chemotherapeutics
Antibiotics with anti-microbials may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria. In some cases, we may place Arestin in the periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing to further control infection and encourage normal healing.

Arestin is an antimicrobial approved by the FDA. Placement of Arestin is recommended for the treatment of periodontal disease with pockets greater than 5mm in an effort to achieve greater pocket reduction and possibly avoid the need for definitive surgical procedures. Arestin uses unique microsphere technology to deliver the antibiotic directly to the infected area.

Periodontal Maintenance
Is performed to limit the progression of further periodontal disease. This procedure is for patients who have previously been treated for periodontal disease. Typically, maintenance starts after completion of active periodontal therapy, and continues at varying intervals of every 3-4 months.

If you have any concerns or questions about scaling and root planing, or periodontal disease, please contact Smile Esthetic Scottdale at  (480) 867-1727