Periodontal Treatment

Treating Periodontal Disease Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal Disease (also known as gum disease or pyorrhea) is an infection of the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. It is often painless and you may not be aware that you have a problem until your gums and the supporting bone are seriously damaged. The good news is that periodontal diseases often can be treated in the early stages with scaling and root planning.

During a checkup our dental team examines your gums for periodontal problems. An instrument called a periodontal probe is used to gently measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums.

At the edge of the gum line, healthy gum tissue forms a very shallow, V-shaped groove (called the sulcus) between the tooth and gums. The normal sulcus depth should be 3 millimeters or less. With periodontal disease, the sulcus develops into a deeper pocket that collects more plaque bacteria and is difficult to keep clean.

If gum disease is diagnosed our dental team may provide treatment or you may be referred to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. Treatment often depends on how far the condition has progressed and how well your body responds to therapy.

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

Prevention includes a good daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day with fluoride.toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner helps prevent plaque from forming. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are important.
Scaling and Root Planing is a method of treating periodontal disease when pockets are greater than 3 mm. Scaling is used to remove plaque and tarter beneath the gum line. A local anesthetic may be given to reduce discomfort. Using an instrument called a smaller scaler or an ultrasonic cleaner, the hygienist carefully removes plaque and tarter down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The tooth’s root surfaces are then smoothed or planed. An irrigation is then performed under the gum line to allow the gum tissue to heal. It also makes it more difficult for plaque to accumulate along the root surfaces.
Our dental team may recommend, prescribe and administer medications to help control infection and pain or to facilitate healing. At a follow-up appointment our dental team checks how the gums have healed and how the periodontal pockets have decreased. When pockets greater than 3 mm persist after treatment, additional measures may be needed.
You will be given instructions on how to care for your healing teeth and gums. Maintaining good oral hygiene and continued, sometimes lifelong, follow-up by our dental team are essential to help the prevention of a more serious condition or periodontal disease from recurring.

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Sybil Garay Urbano
Sybil Garay Urbano
2017-08-29T19:42:46+0000
Best dentist office in Miami- very punctual, very professional...amazing dentists!
Luis Gonzàlez
Luis Gonzàlez
2016-10-02T16:41:13+0000
Chy SB
Chy SB
2015-12-31T20:28:42+0000
Excellent service, best dentist office in Miami and outstanding customer service. The staff is always very friendly and courteous. I highly recommend you visit them !
Karla Ann Nicholl
Karla Ann Nicholl
2015-12-04T15:27:19+0000
Great place n staff!! Very glad I found the place.
Alain Urbano
Alain Urbano
2015-04-10T22:05:17+0000
Excellent service, always prompt with appointments and outstanding customer service. The staff is always very friendly and courteous. I highly recommend you visit them !!!
Roxy Herrero
Roxy Herrero
2015-03-02T14:45:09+0000
Dr. Berry and his staff are true professionals that treat you like family. He is knowledgable and personable and shows concern for his patients. He always explains every procedure in detail and makes you feel very comfortable. Wait time is never more than 5 min and that's always a plus! Office is extremely clean! Two thumb up!
Servanda Rodriguez
Servanda Rodriguez
2015-01-18T03:45:04+0000
Vic Martin
Vic Martin
2014-06-23T15:45:57+0000
Terri Garcia-Erro
Terri Garcia-Erro
2013-09-06T21:53:19+0000
Your dental health is important. Call and schedule am appointment today! They are open Saturdays for the convenience of all of us who work.
Nazle Nammur Rua
Nazle Nammur Rua
13:35 12 Feb 17
Excellent service, impeccably clean and the staff is very professional. My whole family sees Dr. Gonzalez. Keep up the great work!
C Al
C Al
11:27 17 Oct 16
These guys are really cool. They are honest and fair. It doesn't feel like a lot of dental offices that aggressively try to sell you a bunch of treatments you don't really need. They also have great hours for someone who works during the week.
David G
David G
16:16 31 May 16
Excellent customer service! The entire staff takes their time with you and explains to you what needs to be done they also give you advices to keep your dental hygiene up to date. Great location, easy parking. There's always availability for appointments. Will definitely recommend friends and family! Thank you once again from a very happy customer!
Yoliset Carvalho
Yoliset Carvalho
13:20 28 Dec 16
You won't regret coming to this office. My experience there so far has been excellent.
Jose Alvarez
Jose Alvarez
01:53 30 Jun 16
A friend recommended Ma Dental and Associates. All I can say is that I wish I had known about them sooner. The Dr and his staff are all very attentive. On my first visit I had two wisdom teeth pulled out because they were bothering me. I did not feel a thing. The Dr. Has awesome hands! My recovery was super fast.I would recommend them to anyone.
kassandra barcelo
kassandra barcelo
16:19 31 Aug 17
They we all excellent!!! best expierance at a dentist by far. Doctor was great, fast and answered all my questions. i would definitley go back and highly recommend them to anyone looking for dental care.
Anabelys Hernandez
Anabelys Hernandez
14:42 15 Sep 17
WOW Wow Wow, I can only say exceptional service, from the time you call them to schedule an appointment, to the time you are serviced. I have been to several dental offices and this one is one of a kind. Both doctors on staff are amazing and dedicated, I went in for a root canal and I was terrified for the procedure but sure enough no pain what so ever and did an amazing job. I can keep writing all I like about them, but you get the point. you wont regret it!!!!
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Ernie P.
Ernie P.
2016-05-03 12:12:47
Dr Berry was great. Very attention to detail. Highly recommend this place to everyone. Pedro was great too. Thank you
Jane L.
Jane L.
2016-03-02 11:50:53
I got some work done before getting my braces. The dentist was great and made me feel comfortable with my procedures. He was also very easy to talk to when...
David G.
David G.
2016-05-31 09:19:14
Excellent customer service! The entire staff takes their time with you and explains to you what needs to be done they also give you advices to keep your...
Shawna R.
Shawna R.
2017-05-15 14:28:20
Mental & Associates are great. The staff is very helpful and kind. Dr. Gonzalez is great. He is gentle and gets right down to work to get you procedures...
Michelle W.
Michelle W.
2017-06-30 14:17:15
This office and their staff make you feel welcome and comfortable. There is little to no wait time and that's a big plus!
Isabel M.
Isabel M.
2017-08-01 14:44:33
The best Dr!!!!!!, no pain!!!!!! Very professional, compassionate and knowledgeable!!!!The staff are very nice too, highly recommended
Angela P.
Angela P.
2016-10-25 13:26:24
I must be honest...I am terrified of dentists. So much that it had been a couple of years since my last visit...I know :S it's bad.This place was great...
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