Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming “pockets” around the teeth. Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to thrive and wreak havoc.
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Small hand instruments and an ultrasonic cleaner are used by your hygienist to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque, tartar and smooth the root surfaces. Medication may be used in the pockets to promote healing.