Information on treatment and surgerySubgingival Curettage
When gum disease and tooth decay persists, plaque and calculus accumulates at the roots of the teeth. These deep pockets need to be cleaned through subgingival curettage instead of regular scaling. The plaque and calculus inside the deepened periodontal pockets, 5mm or less, are scraped off after anaesthesia, for tissue healing.
The depth of the periodontal pockets is reduce after treatment, allowing effective maintenance of oral hygiene. In cases of severe gum disease where the periodontal pockets are more than 5mm, the tissues cannot be completely healed to the original extent and a surgical procedure may be required.
Cases that require Subgingival Curettage:
- Those with frequent swelling and bleeding of the gums
- Those with repeated gum pain
- Patients with unpleasant taste or smell inside the mouth
- Those with pus coming from the teeth and/or gums
- Patients with loose teeth due to gum disease
Subgingival curettage treatment practices
Treatment and Surgery Information
- Duration of Treatment/Surgery: About 30 Minutes
Method of Anesthesia: Local Anaesthesia
- Period of hospitalization: None
Removal of Suture: None
- In-hospital treatment: 2-4 times in total
Recovery period: About 2-3 Days
Post-operative edema, bleeding, inflammation and other side effects vary in each individual. Consult with the postoperative care staff at Zeah if there are concerns or discomfort.
Zeah Doctor’s GuideDr. Hyung Kyu Kim (Director)
Gum disease can be easily prevented through correct use of daily brushing and dental floss.
There are natural small pockets in between teeth and the gums called periodontal pockets. When there is inflammation of the gums, the periodontal pockets get deeper indicating worsening of disease. Plaque and calculus accumulates in the deep periodontal pockets increasing chances of disease, hence the need for root planning. Root planning includes more cost and time to allow healing of the gums that have been neglected for so long, hence it is important to receive regular dental check-ups and scaling.
Preventing gum disease and tooth decay
- 1. Thoroughly brushing teeth before and after meals
- 2. Brushing teeth at least twice a day
- 3. Cleaning the adjacent portions of teeth using dental floss and interdental brush
- 4. Keeping a healthy lifestyle through balanced meals
- 5. Receiving regular dental check-ups and scaling
- 6. For smokers, brushing teeth thoroughly and aim towards quitting
- 7. Receiving treatment for general diseases such as diabetes which can exacerbate gum disease and tooth decay
- 8. Making new prosthetics if it is too old and defective