Scaling and Root Planing
The bacteria that live in the plaque on your teeth are normally cleared away when you brush or floss. When you have gum disease, plaque hardens into calculus and builds up beneath the gum line. With scaling and root planing, the plaque and calculus on your teeth that serve as a host for bacteria are manually removed, using hand or ultrasonic tools. Scaling and root planing maintains the health of your teeth and gums, even below the gum line. If you have gum disease, contact Hollyburn Centre Periodontics & Implants in West Vancouver, BC to schedule your consultation with Dr. Long and learn about this deep cleaning treatment.
Osseous surgery, or bone surgery, is used to treat advanced cases of gum disease. During this treatment, Dr. Long can reshape the alveolar bone to reduce or eliminate periodontal pockets where bacteria flourish. In some cases, bone grafting is used to build up the alveolar bone for successful tooth replacements such as implants.
The benefits of osseous surgery include:
- Smoothing bone for improved healing
- Reshaping damaged periodontal pockets to restore gum health and appearance
- Creating a solid base for tooth replacement treatments
- Facilitating thorough home care