What is Subgingival Dentistry?
When most people think of dentistry, they think of their teeth only. But the various other structures in the mouth need attention as well. Subgingival dentistry refers to the care and maintenance of the structures below the gum line, including the teeth roots, the alveolar jaw bone, and the inner gums themselves.
Subgingival Calculus: Not Mathematical, but Still Frightening
Subgingival means below the gum line (sub = below, gingival = of or relating to the gums). Calculus is a form of hardened dental plaque. It is caused by the condensation of saliva minerals and the fluid produced in the crevices of our gums.
These subgingival calculus deposits are damaging to our gum line. It stretches the gums away from the tooth roots they’re supposed to protect. If stretched far enough, they can become difficult to reattach.
Care Below the Gums
Subgingival dentistry is the effort to protect the structures beneath the gum line from harmful infection and calculus deposits. When your dentist conducts the following services, these are procedures informed by studies in subgingival dentistry that restore health.
Subgingival Scaling is the process by which a dentist removes the calculus deposits underneath the gum line. Using a fine-tipped scaling device, the dentist will remove the deposits and smooth the root surfaces, so the gums can reattach.
Pocket Irrigation is when the dentist uses water to rinse out the spaces left behind by the removed tarter deposits. It’s important to do this to encourage the gums to reattach.
A Full Mouth Debridement is the total removal of plaque and calculus that interfere with the ability of the dentist to perform an oral evaluation. Sometimes it’s necessary for the dentist to remove plaque and tartar buildup in order to see what’s going on in your mouth.
Know that your dentist is well versed in the study of subgingival dentistry and uses their knowledge to keep your mouth healthy. Subgingival services are necessary to prevent periodontal disease, gum disease, and cavities.
For more information on preventive care using subgingival dentistry, please feel free to browse the website of Dr. Jose-Ruiz. At our Burbank dental practice, we perform many of the services listed above. Please feel free to give us a call for more information!