When copious amounts of plaque and tartar build up on a patient’s tooth, Dr. Smith and Dr. Carrell will need to utilize hand instruments or ultrasonic devices to remove the buildup before any restorative treatments can be performed. This procedure is known as debridement.

Debridement is often necessary for patients who have not visited the dentist for a while. In some cases, the plaque and tartar has built up to the point that our dentists cannot examine the underlying teeth. Patients who are sensitive to discomfort or have dental anxieties can be administered anesthetic before beginning the procedure.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Carrell utilize devices that emit water and high-frequency vibrations to dislodge the plaque and tartar. This is normally the first phase of periodontal treatment. Once the plaque and tartar are removed, our dentists can recommend a customized treatment plan to address the health of the gums.

This procedure should not cause excessive discomfort. However, if your gums have become red and inflamed because of untreated bacteria, they may feel sore after your appointment. Please contact us immediately if you experience excessive swelling or discharge, bleeding that does not stop, or swollen lymph nodes.

We invite you to call 713-529-4364 to contact the office of Bruce W. Smith, DDS if you would like to learn more about periodontal debridement in Houston, Texas.