Frequently asked questions:
What is a pocket?
A pocket is the area between the top of the gum tissue and the bone surrounding the tooth. This area is measured using a probe which is small ruler type instrument. When infected, gum tissue begins to pulls away from the tooth and will bleeds easily. The amount of bone loss around each tooth can be discerned by measuring pocket depth.
What is scaling and root planning?
The focus of scaling and root planning is to removing plaque, staining and calculus from the tooth surface both above and also below the gum line. The process of root planning focuses on solely on eliminating the calculus and/or tartar and bio-film presenting below the gum line through detoxifying tooth root surfaces where disease exists. Along with scaling and root planning, the use of medicaments to will flush or irrigate the pocket areas allowing for healthy reattachment of tissue to root surfaces.
What we hope to accomplish with soft tissue management® (Non-surgical gum therapy program)
- Gingival (gum) tissue that does not bleed
- Gingival tissue that is not red, swollen, or tender
- Fresher breath and taste
- Reduced pocket depths
- Control of the periodontal disease
- Established methods to effectively maintain good oral hygiene