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Periodontal Dentistry

Dr. Rued has several ways to treat periodontal (gum) disease, which is infection to gums or surrounding soft tissue. Caused by a buildup of bacteria, the best way to prevent such infections is to practice good brushing, flossing, and nutrition every day. However, when the infection is too deep more extensive measures are needed. Beginning in small crevices where the tooth meets gum, these infections can appear as only minor swelling or bleeding. As the infection progresses however, it moves deeper below the gum line where it forms large pockets of bacteria in and around the roots of the tooth. Left untreated they will decay the bones of the tooth and jaw, which may require extractions. Henry Rued, DDS, in Willits, CA, will do everything possible to keep this from happening by performing one or more of the following procedures.

Scaling/Root Planing

During any regular appointment to our Willits, CA office you will receive periodontal scaling and root planing. This procedure is done to remove excess plaque and bacteria that has formed on the teeth and around the gum line. Using an ultrasonic scaler, periodontal hand scalers, or curettes, a dental hygienist will carefully scrape along the visible surface of the tooth, which removes any plaque and also helps to smooth the tooth surface so it is more resistant to build up in the future.

Depending on the exact condition of the teeth, such as if infection has set in below the gums, the patient may require a deep cleaning. This involves performing scaling and planing on the root of the tooth below the gum line. At Dr. Rued’s dental practice we always take care to ensure your dental hygienist is very gentle while he performs this, and many patients feel no pain as the tools gently slip between the tooth and gum, but a mild anesthetic is sometimes used if it helps to relieve patient stress. For scaling and root planing in Willits, Ukiah, or Mendocino contact our office today.

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Ultrasonic Tooth Cleaning

At Henry Rued, DDS in Willits, CA our office is equipped with ultrasonic tooth cleaning technology to accompany scaling and root planing. Dr. Rued is always watching for new dental technology that can help improve his patient’s oral health, and this is just one of those examples. This equipment is basically a scaler with a special tip that vibrates at a high rate and flushes out bacteria below the gum with water. As the tip glides over the tooth surface it is much more effective at removing hard buildup and calcium deposits than hand scaling alone. It will smooth out bumps and divots in the surface to prevent buildup. For ultrasonic cleaning in the Willits, Ukiah, and Mendocino areas contact Henry Rued, DDS for an expertly performed procedure.

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Periodontal Maintenance

For those who experience repeated infection to the gums due to enlarged pockets or other periodontal problems, Henry Rued, DDS provides periodontal maintenance. Under this program, patients are usually scheduled for cleanings every three months. This is important because the severity of damage caused by infection increases exponentially as it progresses, meaning that the majority of damage can be avoided simply by increasing appointments.

Dr. Rued will typically perform a deep cleaning to remove any infection below the gum line, take measurements of pocket depth, and perform scaling and root planing to reduce buildup and future infections. If you are experiencing painful, swollen, or bleeding gums, contact Henry Rued, DDS for more information regarding our periodontal maintenance program in Willits, Ukiah, and Mendocino, CA.

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