Curettage (Removal of bad tissue from periodontal area)
Dental plaque forms as food particles accumulate on surface of teeth, it may also form on the lower parts of the gum tissue. After the plaque formations from the teeth surface are cleared, the dental plaque formations formed in periodontal area, which causes bad breath, and infections can be cleaned. This process is known as curettage and is usually performed by periodontal specialists.
If not treated
If the dental plaque formation located on teeth surface is not cleaned, these plaque formations develop into deeper and harder to clear areas and will cause teeth and gum tissue infections. If not treated in earlier stages, this infection may thin the bone tissue away and may result with teeth loss. At this stage, a surgical operation is required and a deep cleaning becomes necessary.
How is curettage performed?
Curettage is performed with local anesthesia, with the infected tissue removed and moved away from the teeth and periodontal area. These infected tissues are removed and cleaned with special tools. Roots that are in bad shape are restored and infected tissue is carefully removed away, so that the teeth and gum tissue can recover.
Following this operation, careful and periodic care for teeth and gum tissue will result with healthier teeth and gums. If dental plaque is periodically cleaned and removed away, there would not be a need for curettage operations.