Tooth stone cleaning
Tooth stone, also known as tartar, is a hard deposit that forms on teeth when plaque is not properly removed. It can cause gum disease if not removed, leading to tooth loss if not treated early. There are several methods for removing tooth stone, including curettage (deep gum cleaning, root surface cleaning, closed surgical cleaning) and flap surgery (gum surgery).
Curettage involves removing tooth stone and bacteria from the root surface of the teeth, while flap surgery involves making an incision in the gum to access the tooth root and remove any accumulated tartar. In some cases, bone grafts may also be used to replace any damaged bone. After treatment, the gums should heal and return to a healthy, light pink color that does not bleed easily.
To ensure success after treatment, it is important for patients to maintain proper oral hygiene and to have regular check-ups every six months. If oral hygiene is not maintained and if intensive smoking continues, the disease may recur.