Teeth Cleaning in Center City Philadelphia
The Dental Medical Arts and Dr. Rosenberg offers several ways to treat periodontal (gum) disease, which is infection to gums or surrounding soft tissue caused by a build up of bacteria.
The Dental Medical Arts and Dr. Rosenberg offers several ways to treat periodontal (gum) disease, which is infection to gums or surrounding soft tissue caused by a build up of bacteria. The best way to prevent such infections is to practice good brushing, flossing, and nutrition.
When the infection is too deep more extensive measures are needed. Infections begin in small crevices where the tooth meets gum, and can appear as only minor swelling or bleeding. As the infection progresses however, it moves deeper below the gum line where it forms large pockets of bacteria in and around the roots of the tooth. If these are left untreated they will decay the bones of the tooth and jaw, which may require extractions.
Bleeding gums indicate an infection in the mouth and should be a cause for concern. Gums that bleed allow for bacteria to enter the blood stream and travel to other parts of your body where infection can set in. If this happens we have several options available:
- Scaling & Root Planning
- Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning
- Pocket Reduction
- Antibiotic Therapy
- Laser Periodontal Therapy
Scaling & Root Planning
During any regular appointment we perform periodontal scaling and root planing. This procedure is done to remove excess plaque and bacteria that has formed on the tooth and around the gum line. Using an ultrasonic scaler, periodontal hand scalers, or curettes, our dental hygienists will carefully scrape along the visible surface of the tooth, which removes any plaque and also helps to smooth the tooth surface so it is more resistant to build up in the future.
Depending on the exact condition of the teeth, such as if infection has set in below the gums, the patient may require a deep cleaning. This involves performing scaling and planing on the root of the tooth below the gum line.
Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning
The Dental Medical Arts has the latest in micro-ultrasonic tooth cleaning technology. Micro-ultrasonic instruments produce a phenomenon called cavitation to disrupt the activities of disease causing pathogens (bugs, germs). When ultrasonic cavitation bubbles collapse (implode), they release enough energy to destroy pathogens and, literally, blast the plaque from the tooth!
This allows the immune system to once again assert itself in self-defense. Gums stop bleeding. Bone stops receding. Infection is arrested. Tissues regain their firm, pink glow of health. Additional benefits of the slimmer micro-ultrasonic tips is a more thorough removal of calculus bacteria in hard to reach areas and improved comfort due to less sensitivity, resulting in less apprehension.
One of the major problems that results from serious bacterial infections is the forming of pockets beneath the gum line. Pockets form as infection moves down the base of the tooth between the gums. The bacteria then tend to coalesce in large pockets of infection, which is cause for concern since these reduce the ability of the gums to support the teeth. As the infection progresses it will decay the tooth enamel and even the jaw bone itself.