Periodontal Cleaning in Costa Mesa
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common health conditions affecting adults today. More than half of the U.S. population contends with a mild—gingivitis—to severe, periodontitis, form of this disease. While symptoms at first may be relatively harmless, patients can experience serious consequences, including soft tissue deterioration and tooth loss, if they don’t pursue treatment. That’s why Dr. Jorgenson and his team take this threat seriously.
A thorough gum inspection is an important component of your regular checkups. If we find signs of gum disease—gums that bleed during brushing and flossing, red and swollen gum tissue, loose teeth, deep periodontal pockets—we offer a number of personalized therapy treatments depending on the severity of the case. One of the more common treatments is scaling and root planing in Costa Mesa.
Deep Cleaning in Costa Mesa
Along with your effective oral hygiene routine at home, deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing, can effectively treat periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums and surrounding oral tissues. The procedure is a cost effective and minimally invasive way to arrest the advance of gum disease.
One of our skilled dental hygienists performs scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar that build up on teeth above and below the gum line. This buildup traps the bacteria that cause gum disease. Scaling removes the plaque and tartar. Depending on the severity of the case, the hygienist will either use a tool called a scaler or an ultrasonic cleaner to thoroughly eliminate the buildup. Then, we smooth, or plane, teeth surfaces to prevent plaque from accumulating again and to allow gum tissue to heal.
Depending on the extent of your gum disease, scaling and root planing may need to be completed over the course of more than one appointment. Dr. Jorgenson and his team will deep clean your teeth quadrant by quadrant in order to keep you as comfortable as possible during each visit. We usually treat the upper and lower quadrants on one side of your mouth at one appointment, and then the quadrants of the other side at the next appointment.
Controlling gum disease is not only a matter of maintaining good oral health, but your general health, too. Dependable research shows a strong link between periodontal disease and high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and low birth weight in newborn babies.
If your gums are sensitive, or if you notice any blood when brushing and flossing your teeth, then call our Costa Mesa dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jorgenson. We are happy to serve patients from Irvine, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and beyond.