Curettage is a procedure used for the treatment of gingivitis and early periodontitis. Gingivitis and other periodontal diseases occur when toxins and chemicals from bacteria build up and cause damage to your gums and teeth. Symptoms may include bleeding of the gums, bad breath, and puffy, tender or inflamed gums. Treatment at this point is imperative.
How Curettage Works
When gum disease is present, the periodontal pocket must be cleaned of all diseased soft tissue. Curettage accomplishes the removal of chronically inflamed tissues that form the wall of the periodontal pocket.
Curettage is usually used in conjunction with scaling and root planning, or as a disinfecting preliminary procedure for osseous or regenerative surgery. It can also be a definitive procedure for chronically inflamed tissues with little or no pocketing.
Minimally Invasive Procedure
Traditionally, a manual tool was used as an inflamed-gums-treatment to remove diseased tissue. At HDE Periodontal, it is our mission to provide the least invasive care possible to reduce your pain, anxiety and recovery time. That's why we employ the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) for many of our curettage procedures. LANAP can usually be done in one visit and it involves the use of lasers to remove diseased tissue and stimulate regeneration.
After the initial procedure, LANAP only requires three follow-up visits to monitor the healing process. There is minimal pain at the time of procedure compared to more traditional periodontal procedures. There is also a much shorter healing time associated with LANAP because it requires no cutting or stitching.
Contact Albuquerque's Gingivitis Treatment Specialist
If you have gingivitis that requires a periodontal procedure such as curettage, contact Albuquerque's periodontal expert at HDE Periodontal for an appointment. Dr. Espinosa has 34 years of experience with periodontal procedures, and he will put your mind at ease with his experienced and minimally invasive treatment philosophy.
Call 505-888-1116 today to make an appointment for your gingivitis treatment!