Check Ups and Cleanings
Gum disease is a result of accumulation of plaque (bacteria) around your teeth and under the gum tissue. The severity of the disease is measured by a periodontal exam that includes measurements of pocket depths of your gums, and recession or mobility of your teeth. Once your periodontal condition is determined, a treatment plan is provided for removing the bacteria and restoring a healthy supporting structure for your teeth. Treatment of the gums usually involves removal of the bacteria from the crown of your teeth (scaling), or the root surfaces (root planing). The frequency of these dental cleaning sessions depends on the conditions of your gum tissue and may range from 3 to 9 month intervals.