Gum disease causes more people to lose teeth than any other dental disease, but its initial signs aren’t always obvious. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, can silently cause your gums to become inflamed and recede from your teeth, leading to further soft tissue infection. If you attend regular checkup and cleaning appointments, Dr. Cook can spot the early warning signs of gingivitis and recommend an appropriate soft tissue management program. Your specific program will depend on the severity of your condition.
Soft-Tissue Management Programs (PDF, 657 KB)
Ultrasonic Scaling and Root Planing
One of the more common treatments for gingivitis is scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning or periodontal cleaning. Like regular preventive care, deep cleaning involves removing harmful oral bacteria that lead to infection. However, unlike routine dental cleaning, scaling and root planing is the more involved process of cleaning the roots of your teeth underneath your gums. Ultrasonic and laser technology allow Dr. Cook to perform periodontal cleaning more comfortably and effectively, breaking up plaque and tartar deposits with minimal disruption to your soft tissues.
If Dr. Cook notices the signs of gingivitis during your routine exam, scaling and root planing may be able to help you prevent the onset of fully developed gum disease. If gum disease is already present, a deep cleaning may be the first step to an ongoing periodontal maintenance program.
Prevent Gum Disease with Soft Tissue Management
If you develop gingivitis or full blown gum disease, soft tissue management may be able to help you avoid significant oral health complications, including tooth loss. To schedule an exam, call Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.