The gums are just as important as the teeth, both for oral functionality and aesthetics. Maintaining the health of the gums is easier said than done, as the tartar deposits near the gum line can infect them severely. Hence, we recommend getting yourself diagnosed periodically and having the microbial deposits removed to maintain better soft tissue health.
Why is Tartar Harmful?
Tartar is composed of thousands of harmful bacteria. It initially starts as a transparent layer of microbes getting deposited on the teeth along with the saliva. When this microbe layer is left to stay on the teeth for a long duration, it forms a hard and sticky substance called tartar. These accumulations can be found mainly near the gum line, on the occlusal groove, or at the intersections of the teeth.
The microbes in tartar release acidic toxins when they feed on the food residues left in the mouth. These toxins can decay the soft gum tissues, leading to inflammation, redness, pain, receding gum line, bleeding and discharge of pus from the gums, and other adverse symptoms. Hence, we must avoid developing gum disease, or in the worst-case scenario, get the gum disease treated before it takes a toll on your oral health.
How Can Tartar Be Removed?
At Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry, we remove the tartar deposits from the teeth surfaces by scaling and root planing. Scaling involves the use of an electronic scaling appliance that has a stainless steel tip vibrating at ultrasonic frequencies. When the tip is brought in contact with the tartar on the teeth, it would be dislodged to be washed away using a jet of water.
Root planing is a more advanced procedure where we clean the tooth roots. The scaling tip will be inserted between the gums and tooth roots after we administer local anesthesia to numb your teeth and soft tissues. Along with removing tartar, we clean the deep gum pockets and smoothen the imperfections on the tooth roots. It prevents the deposit of microbes on the roots, thus ensuring better gum health.
How Do We Treat Gum Disease?
We thoroughly diagnose the severity of the gum disease during the initial screening process. The tartar deposits will be removed by oral cleaning, and the gum pockets will be cleared out. We use a high-intensity laser to remove the decayed gum tissues. This method reduces pain significantly, avoids bleeding, and shortens the healing period significantly. In case the gums have receded below the ideal gum line, we will graft healthy tissues to the receded region to increase their volume and cover the exposed root surfaces.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry at Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.