Gum disease can cause your gums to bleed and become infected, swollen or tender. As a result, the infected gum starts to separate from the teeth and a pocket develops. If left untreated, this infection can spread to the bone and cause bone loss. Furthermore, this infection can not only result in losing your teeth, but can also spread to the rest of your body. Periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, premature births and a slew of other systemic health problems. When inflamed gums (gingivitis) is not treated, the infection will work its way down towards the bone causing the gums to separate from the tooth making a “periodontal pocket”. It is difficult for patients to keep these types of pockets clean. Scaling and root planing (also known as Deep Cleaning) is the thorough removal of plaque and tartar under the gum line. It can be done either in one or two visits. You can go to work the SAME day. Scaling the removal of plaque and tarter from the pocket while planing allows the root of the tooth to be smooth and toxin free to allow the gum tissue to attach. This procedure can be done in either one or two visits. You can go to work the SAME day. This is the first form of treatment for periodontal disease. Sometimes, deep cleaning is not enough. At the time of scaling and root planing, antimicrobial treatment is placed within the pockets to help remove the bacterial infection that is under your gums. We place a powder directly into the pockets of the infected areas. This powder contains an antibiotic that is only in your pocket and not to the rest of your body. This antibiotic is released over time in the infected pocket. As a result, the antimicrobial treatment keeps fighting the disease causing bacteria well after you have completed the deep cleaning. Good News! We can attempt to get the antimicrobial therapy from your Medical Insurance with minimal or no charge to you!