About Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria settle into the gum line, slowly destroying it and ultimately leading to tooth loss if left untreated. Warning signs of periodontal disease include red or swollen gum tissue that bleeds during tooth brushing.
More serious symptoms include pockets that form between the teeth and gums, allowing bacteria and plaque to settle and harden into place. Osseous surgery, which is also known as pocket reduction therapy, may be required to close these pockets and keep plaque and bacteria from gathering in those spaces.
Dr. Tanner will reduce the progression of periodontal disease by removing disease-causing bacteria and then securing the tissue into place. He may smooth any irregular surfaces on your damaged bone. This limits areas where bacteria hide and allows your gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone. It also reduces the depth of your periodontal pockets.